Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the presence of Russian troops in the Arctic an "absolutely necessary" part of military development, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
Responding to CNN reporting about satellite images showing huge Russian military build-up in the Arctic, Peskov said "the Commander-in-Chief [Putin] really considers the Russian military presence in the Arctic to be an absolutely necessary element of military development."
I would agree with the Russians. The Artic is a vital area for them. There is a tremendous amount of potential economic, trade, and energy development in the region. That kind of potential boon requires protection. Other nations are doing the same thing.