By Francisco Sanchez
In March, Total SA confirmed a $27 billion natural gas project in the Russian Arctic.
The project will tap into one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world and is just the latest example of Russian assertiveness in the region.
From theatrical flag planting, to large-scale military exercises, Russia has shown that it sees the Arctic as important to its future.
Russia is not alone. Norway, Denmark, Canada, and even China have begun to exert their presence in the Arctic.