"We are continuing the gradual completion of our work on the islands of the Arctic," said Shoigu.
He noted that the military infrastructure is now being created on the Arctic Islands Franz Josef Land, Alexandra Land, Kotelny, Sredny, Wrangel Island, Cape Schmidt, New Siberian Islands, construction continues on the Kuril Islands.
The minister added that in the Arctic, the military is engaged in clearing the territories of scrap metal left here during the Soviet years. This work will continue and be completed in 2019. According to him, it remains to clear nine thousand square kilometers of the Arctic territories, where Russian military personnel are based.
"The condition in which we found the Arctic, of course, left an indelible impression." - added Shoigu.