A Russian military unit will be permanently stationed in the Arctic by 2018, the defense minister said on Thursday. Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies on Thursday that the “creation and arming” of the Arctic military unit should be completed by
2018. Shoigu also said Russia is building several new bases in the Arctic as well as rebuilding six Soviet-era air bases there. “We are not hiding this from anyone: we are have practically finished building bases on the Novosibirsk Archipelago and on Kotelny island,” Shoigu said, adding that modern military technology was “necessary for guarding borders” in the Arctic. The Kremlin announced its intentions to bring its military to the Arctic in 2008 but has yet to station troops there.