So the Russians have planted their flag underneath the Arctic to support their claims to ownership - I can't say I'm surprised.
This is, after all, a nation with some experience in capturing Poles.
Frankly, given Russia's present size, this just looks like greed - you could fit the USA, Europe and Australia within its borders and still find room for fifty million drunken coal miners to beat each other with shovels.
I'm not overly alarmed by this development, provided that the polar bears don't start dropping dead of Polonium poisoning. Whatever mineral deposits lie beneath the ice floes, I'm suspicious that the Russians are just searching for somewhere to send those of their citizens who are too frightening to be allowed to live in Siberia.
Still, if the Russians are so desperate to hoover up the world's oil that they'd annex a blasted wilderness of blizzards and ice with barely any traces of civilisation, they should consider planting their flag in Scotland.
It's much like the Arctic, except you can get a pie and a pint when the notion takes you.