Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Russia to garrison division less than 100KM from U.S. border

Via sauced07

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.  Shoigu on Wednesday told President Vladimir Putin in televised remarks that Russia on Wednesday morning carried out 26 missile strikes from four warships of its Caspian Sea flotilla. Shoigu insisted that it destroyed all the targets and did perform any strikes on civilian areas. (Alexei Nikolsky, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

It has been no secret that Russia is building up its forces in the Arctic region as the Kremlin covets and wants to protect future access to the natural resources in the region.

Russia is also actively preparing to militarize its eastern coastline with large numbers of troops to be garrisoned from near the U.S. border in Alaska to the Kuril Islands in the south, currently disputed with Japan. The new forces scheduled to arrive in 2018 will be as close as 85km to the US border.

Speaking at a Defense Ministry meeting on Tuesday, Sergei Shoigu confirmed that “there are plans to form a coastal defense division in 2018 on the Chukotka operational direction.”
The minister added that this decision was actually made in July 2015, and is part of a plan to establish a unified system of coastal defense stretching from the Arctic in the north to the Primorye Territory in the south.


  1. HUH? Russia has had a garrison in the far east for 200 years!! Anyone remember the Russo-Japanese war? I remember seeing Russian navy patrol boats in the Barring sea when I was working the fishing boats in the 70's. KAL-shoot down in 83 over Siberia? The fact that Russia is only 90 MILES from Alaska? Someone is hyping this for political gain.--Ray

    1. Thanks and I almost didn't post it because of it not really being 'news.'