Skip to comments.Canada watching Russian Arctic moves closely
Posted on 07/31/2009 11:00:30 AM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) - Canada's defense minister said Friday the Canadian government is closely watching Russian plans to drop paratroopers in the Arctic next April.
Defense Minister Peter MacKay said any country approaching Canadian airspace will be met by Canadians. MacKay didn't give any specifics on what Canada will do in April, but he said Canada is prepared to protect its borders.
A Russian general announced plans this week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first parachute drop at the North Pole by sending paratroopers to the same site.
Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway have been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the Arctic, which is believed to contain as much as 25 percent of the Earth's undiscovered oil and gas.
All five nations have agreed to abide by international law while scientists map the Arctic seabed.
The dispute over the Arctic has intensified amid growing evidence that global warming is shrinking polar ice, opening up new shipping lanes and new resource development possibilities.
In February, Canada sent fighter jets to intercept a Russian bomber flying toward Canadian airspace.
MacKay said there have been no recent intrusions of Russian bombers.
"We have scrambled F-18 jets in the past, and they'll always be there to meet them," he said.
Many countries have beefed up their military presence in the Arctic.
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“...any country approaching Canadian airspace will be met by Canadians.”
Ooooo, scary. Maybe they’ll hold up a dove. The Canadians fought very bravely in WW2, but since then about all they care about is their stupid health care system.
Ice Station Zebra...
Invade Canada? Horse Beans.... do the Russians think they can defeat the mighty Juggernaut that is the Canadian Boy Scouts??
Hey, you Russian hosers! Stay away, eh?
At least some nation is willing to protect their border....unlike Obama and Bush with the Mexican border.
Total travesty that the US allows that nonsense on the Mexican border
If that jet has V-Tol, it’s an interesting approach to scaling down fro broader stealthy coverage.
guess we should have spent a little on defence instead of on socialized health care and subsidized arts for the gay community, eh?
Its a barge dude. Might get through all of the Russian defenses.
I believe Canada will defend herself. If the Russians DO manage to get past the Hornets’ (doubtful) and land paratroopers...there are some very good veteran snipers I’ve read about who will gladly turn white Rooshian snowsuits blood red.
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it’s all goo, eh?
When the F 15 fleet was grounded at Elmendorf, the CAF loaned the use of CF/A18s to beef up the local force.
Nice to know you got an armed neighbor willing to help.