The New Ice Curtain – Serious and Escalating Tensions in the Arctic

Sep 7, 2021 | Flashpoints, PRAY, Prayer Focus for the Nations

As polar ice melts in the Arctic, the transit time for cargo being shipped between China and Europe is set to be significantly reduced – a massive economic advantage to those who would make the most of it, namely Russia. But without a treaty, greedy countries are set to further endanger the precious resource to the world that the Arctic is.

A multinational task force is in operation in the Barents Sea, including a Royal Navy frigate, with a view to keeping international waters just that – international. Vladimir Putin sees the Arctic as being not only a source of potential wealth for Russia, but as having great strategic value militarily, and being key to restoring Russia’s role and influence as a super power. (For more on this, see this very readable and well-illustrated article),

We have had the ‘Iron Curtain’; now the West must consider how to respond to a new ‘Ice Curtain.’ The Daily Mail ran a headline last autumn that read, ‘The Very Cold War?’ President Putin continues to extend his military capability for example with new submarines, hypersonic torpedoes and other advanced weapon systems. THe following articles expound Russia’s new found military capabilities in the Arctic, see this articlearticle two and article three. +{Do you want this one too? https://www.dw.com/en/russia-begins-construction-of-new-nuclear-submarines/a-58962328}+

It is, of course, not only economic and military matters that are of concern; there are the serious environmental impacts that will follow the exploitation that cannot fail to accompany the widespread develoing of the Arctic Region. This is a useful introduction to the subject.

Father, the Arctic is a gift to the world from You, and a vital part of your balancing of huge natural forces – but now that gift is in danger as global warming and both military and commercial exploitation undermine those balances and risk so much. We ask You to watch over it, and to overrule the toing and froing of the nations with regard to it. We commit its future to You in Jesus’ name.


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