The leadership of the White house expresses dissatisfaction with its unrealized opportunities in the Arctic Ocean. Not so long ago, the commander of the US Navy Admiral James Foggo said that the US "will not allow Russia and China to dominate the Arctic and control the Northern Sea Route" and therefore the operational plans of the Pentagon in the region will be revised. Earlier, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo after talks with the foreign Minister of Iceland Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson said that the actions of Russia in the Arctic "presented a risk to the freedom-loving countries."
In response to these provocations, Russia announced new rules for the use of the Northern Sea Route by foreign military and civilian vessels. From now on, their crews will have to notify the Russian authorities about their plans 45 days before the passage and necessarily take on board Russian pilots. These actions immediately caused sharp criticism from the Western partners of the Kremlin.( Collapse )