Russian moves threaten Canadian status in the North


New Russian moves in the Arctic have renewed debate over that country's intentions and Canada's own status at the top of the world.

Late last month, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reported that country's military was resuming fighter patrols to the North Pole for the first time in 30 years in addition to regular bomber flights up to the edge of U-S and Canadian airspace.

Arctic experts say it's a strategic message from a country whose recent northern development far exceeds Canada's.

They warn that Canada needs to develop its own Arctic resources and transportation routes in an increasingly fragmented world.

And some say Arctic dominance would give Russia a way to apply pressure on countries such as Canada in response to developments elsewhere in the world.

They acknowledge Russia continues to play by international rules and don't expect aggression -- but they add that Canada could learn from the awakening bear.

Combining civilian and military infrastructure in the Arctic could be a way to increase Canada's own presence as well as give northerners an economic boost.