Date: August 29, 2014
MEMORANDUM: Putin's Arctic Threats
What is Putin doing?
Which means what?
He feels defensive, I think he still doesn't know what the domestic sentiment is right now so in the meantime he's deflecting international criticism.
Does he really mean that about the Arctic?
Well, I left early from the Arctic discussion, my understanding is that it's like the internet, there is no infrastructure in place at all for people to start thinking about who has right to what up there.
So, if he's saying he's going to bypass the process of forming that infrastructure and just start putting dudes up there in jackets with ice breaker boats, it's possible, but it would be a big project for him.