U.K. to Step Up Arctic Patrols to Counter Russian Polar Threat

By Kitty Donaldson (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. will send Royal Marines to Norway’s Arctic training program because of the growing threat of Russian aggression in the area as the polar cap melts. Some 800 marines will be deployed to Norway and four Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter planes will patrol Icelandic Skies, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson told his ruling Conservative … [Read more...]

Russian Warships Hold Drills in Bering Sea in Huge Military Exercise

MOSCOW, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Russian warships held drills in the Bering Sea which separates Russia from Alaska, part of Moscow's biggest military maneuvers since the fall of the Soviet Union, footage aired by the Ministry of Defence showed on Friday. The Vostok-2018 (East-2018) drills, which run until Sept. 17, are taking place in Siberia and in waters off Russia's eastern … [Read more...]

Three New Arc7 LNG Carriers Headed for Russia’s Yamal LNG Terminal

By Sabina Zawadzki LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Three new liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers capable of plowing through the Arctic ice have completed sea trials in recent weeks and are due to start operations at the Yamal LNG terminal in northern Russia, Reuters shipping data shows. Novatek's Yamal terminal has been ramping up LNG shipments faster than expected after loading … [Read more...]

Russia’s Yamal LNG Exports Accelerate in Time for Winter

File Photo: Two Arc7 ice-class LNG carriers load LNG produced at Yamal LNG at the port of Sabetta, Russia. Photo: Novatek By  Sabina Zawadzki LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Liquefied natural gas exports from Novatek's Yamal terminal in the Arctic have come on stream faster than expected over the summer and exceeded volumes from Russia's only other LNG facility, Sakhalin, for … [Read more...]

U.S. Warns Russia Against Blocking Commercial Ship Passage Into Ukraine

by Lesley Wroughton (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday called on Russia to cease what it called “harassment of international shipping” in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait, accusing Moscow of trying to destabilize Ukraine. “Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine, as well as … [Read more...]