US officials expressed concern at Moscow's apparent bid to influence the ‘Northern Sea Route’-a shipping lane that runs from between Norway and Alaska, along Russia's northern coast, across to the North Atlantic. The ‘NSR’ potentially halves the time it currently takes shipping containers to reach Europe from Asia via the Suez Canal.
Russia's Rosatom state nuclear corporation released elaborately produced drone video this February of the ‘Christophe de Margerie’ tanker completing an eastern route across the Arctic in winter for the first time, accompanied by the ‘50 Let Pobedy’ nuclear icebreaker for its journey in three of the six Arctic seas.
Pentagon spokesman Campbell said Russia sought to exploit the NSR as a ‘major international shipping lane,’ yet voiced concern at the rules Moscow was seeking to impose on vessels using the route. ‘Russian laws governing NSR transits exceed Russia's authority under international law,’ he stressed.
A ship, road vehicle, or aircraft for carrying liquids, esp. petroleum, in bulk.
A ship designed for breaking a channel through ice.
The regions around the North Pole.
The US Navy will return to an increasingly militarized Arctic
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