'Concern' Over Russia in Arctic

Russia's incursion into Georgia, bomber flights in the Far North and other actions are "cause for serious concern" and helping push the government's Arctic policy, Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson told CTV's Question Period on Sunday.

Published: Wednesday, 08/27/2008 12:00 am EDT

Russia's incursion into Georgia, bomber flights in the Far North and other actions are "cause for serious concern" and helping push the government's Arctic policy, Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson told CTV's Question Period on Sunday. Referencing Russia's decision to plant a flag on the floor of the Arctic Ocean last summer, Mr. Emerson said that "many thought [it] was a somewhat silly flag-planting incident in Canada's Arctic." However, he said recent activities like its war with Georgia and cutting off of energy supplies to Ukraine two years ago are making Canada and its allies apprehensive.

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