Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the defense Ministry and the FSB to protect the national interests of Russia in the Arctic.
About Putin said during a meeting on Arctic development.
“The Ministry of defence, Federal security service and its border component must implement its plans to ensure national interests from the point of view of maintenance of defensibility of the country, but protecting our interests in the Arctic, ensuring the normal functioning of the Northern sea route”, — RIA Novosti quotes Putin.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, in turn, said that the Agency will consider additional features of the objects in the Arctic zone.
On March 29, Putin arrived on the island of Alexandra Land archipelago Franz-Joseph.