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International relations

Russia looks to Northern Sea Route as its military ambitions expand

Moscow aims to use Arctic waters as strategic link between Asia and Europe

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has fired up scrutiny of Moscow's military ambitions in other parts of the world, shining the spotlight on projects in places such as its remote Far East. (Source photos by Reuters)

TOKYO -- Russia recently started building a shelter for submarines on the Kamchatka Peninsula in its remote Far East, fanning concerns it aims to use the Northern Sea Route, a shipping lane that connects Asia and Europe via the Arctic, for more than purely economic purposes.

The shelter, located near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the largest city in the Kamchatka Peninsula and a key base for the Russian Pacific Fleet, will be supply submarines with missiles, torpedoes and fuel, according to Russia's Izvestia daily newspaper, as well as hosting full-scale repair and maintenance work. State-of-the-art minesweepers will also use the site.

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