An oddity of Canada's foreign policy of late is how gravely we viewed Russia's expanding power in distant Eastern Europe and Syria,
yet took scarce note of Moscow's actions closer to our own Arctic and Asia-Pacific interests.
Even allowing for the vast distances involved, Vladimir Putin's strategic thrusts are almost on our doorstep and
may well require far more serious attention from the incoming Liberal government.
For Russia is militarizing its section of the Arctic and expanding its naval operations through the already tense Asian rim of the Pacific at a time
when more than half dozen nations there — including, in particular, the U.S., China and Japan — are struggling to redefine a new balance of power in the region.

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  Russia, War, Russian Troops