Dan van der Bat

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The world's children may soon be needing to write to Santa Claus in Russian if Moscow's claim to the North Pole, made this week without a trace of humour, is realised, giving new life to the phrase "cold war". No sooner had the Russians made their announcement than the US Coast Guard said it would be dispatching an icebreaker to the Arctic on a "research mission" on Monday.Sending submarines to the pole to plant a Russian flag on the seabed more than two-and-a-half miles down is all very well, but ignores the fact that there are four other countries with territory inside the Arctic Circle: Canada, Norway, the United States and Danish Greenland.…  Seguir leyendo »