Members of the Alaska National Guard participate in training exercise Arctic Eagle on Eielson Air Force Base in 2020. Photo: The National Guard

The US-Russia summit held on 16 June 2021 in Geneva was an effort on the part of US President Joe Biden to invigorate Washington’s ties with its traditional strategic allies as well as to stabilize its relations with Moscow. This was apparently prompted by an increasing focus by the US on big power rivalry. The Arctic also emerged as a subject of discussion at the summit.

Arctic geopolitics has become one of the strategic policy focuses of big powers, which is reflected in statements issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden separately after the US-Russia summit in Geneva. While the Arctic is a zone of cooperation and peace, increased militarization and exercises in the region, as well as the emergence of China as a potential rival, have increased…

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