Russia unveils its new Arctic military base housing nuclear-ready warplanes and REINDEER-powered special forces as it seeks to claim the region’s huge oil and gas reserves

The five-storey complex, named Nagursky by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, is on the extreme north of Russia's Arctic frontier

  • Russia has unveiled five-storey military base on Alexander Land in the Arctic Ocean’s Franz Josef Archipelago
  • The top-secret polar complex, painted in Russia’s red, white and blue, can house warplanes and 150 troops
  • Comes as Russia looks to lay claim to region’s enormous oil and gas reserves thought to be worth £23trillion

Russia has unveiled a new Arctic military base capable of housing 150 troops as well as nuclear-ready warplanes.

The triangular complex, painted in the red, white and blue of the Russia’s tricolor flag, has been built in remote Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago.

While parts of the base remain top secret, military chiefs have offered a glimpse at the interior of the building.

It comes as part of Russia’s largest Arctic military push since the fall of the Soviet Union and as Moscow moves to lay claim to the region’s huge oil and gas reserves – believe to be worth as much as £23trillion…. read more

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