US afraid to call for help from Russia and abandoned martial exercises in Arctic
The National Security Council offered to send the only American icebreaker Polar Star through the Northern Sea Route.
The US Coast Guard abandoned martial exercises in the Arctic because of fears of asking for help from Russia in the event of a crash of a single American heavy icebreaker. Business Insider reports this.
According to former US Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft, the National Security Council offered to send the only American icebreaker Polar Star through the Northern Sea Route. However, he replied that this could not be done since to keep the ship in working condition, a similar icebreaker Polar Sea had to be dismantled, and there are no guarantees that it will not fail.
As the newspaper notes, the United States has problems with the development of the region due to the lack of icebreakers. While Russia has dozens of such vessels, there are only two of them in the United States, only one of them, Polar Star, is capable of operating in the conditions of the far north. However, the US Coast Guard has long been trying to develop new icebreakers.
In December, the former Foreign Service Officer of the US embassy in Prague, Mary Thompson-Jones, called on the Czech Republic to increase defense spending to confront Russia in the Arctic. In her opinion, Russia is stronger than other countries “embraced by the idea of its own Arctic heritage,” and therefore militarizes the region.