Large-scale military infrastructure is being created on Russian Arctic islands - Shoigu

Large-scale construction of military infrastructure is being conducted on many islands in the Arctic, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

Large-scale construction of military infrastructure is being conducted on many islands in the Arctic, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

"Work has now begun on Kotelny Island, Wrangel Island, Alexander Land, on the Archipelagoes Northern and on the Severnaya Zemlya and Novaya Zemlya archipelagoes, and on Cape Schmidt," Shoigu told a meeting in the Defense Ministry on June 1.

Shoigu said Russia's Spetsstroi began large-scale construction of facilities for the personnel in the Far North conditions in 2014.

"First stage facilities intended for the deployment of contract servicemen and for putting duty radar stations and air direction centers on combat were put into operation on some of them, specifically, on Wrangel Island, Alexander Land and Cape Schmidt, last year," the minister said.

Shoigu said residential buildings with the necessary infrastructure were built in each of these deployment points using Contour bloc containers.

"The creation of the infrastructure is going stage by stage and envisages a broad range of measures to equip the troops and the Arctic zone," Shoigu said.

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