Happy birthday, Vladimir Putin.
At least that’s what Russia seemed to be saying to its president as it reported on plans for a new naval fleet for the Arctic in conjunction with Putin’s 69th birthday last week, according to the Daily Mail.
And what a present it is. The new fleet — the country’s fifth — would allow Russia to control commercial shipping in what is known as the Northern Sea Route.
And it would secure for Russia polar energy reserves.
Happy birthday, indeed.
Putin already has been accused of weaponizing European Union gas supplies, and he’s pressuring the EU for approval of a new state-run