Many states around the world give high priority to the Arctic and the prospects for its development. The optimistic mantra of consensus cooperation camouflages the transformation of a conflict-free region into a spot for
a geopolitical clash. There are increasing allegations of the Extreme North gradually turning into a field of acute competition between the Arctic, subarctic and extra-regional powers. At the same time, the line between cooperation and confrontation is a fine one.
Thus, US Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced in January 2019 that the Navy is developing a resumption plan for the Adak strategic base in Alaska and considering the operations in the Arctic to show the US flag. In this regard, Washington is planning to send its surface craft to the Arctic waters for the first time. The statements of Denmark’s defense minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen are also twofold. On the one hand, the politician declares that the kingdom adheres to the peaceful development of the Arctic, but ... “at the same time, we have no right to be naive when other countries are gaining a foothold in the region. Therefore, we must pay constant attention to the development of the Arctic and North Atlantic together with our allies.”( Collapse )