- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The U.S. “reset” with Russia just got a lot trickier: An Arctic-area Russian airfield that has been closed for 20 years is being reactivated.

Temp airfield on Kotelny Island went online in 1949 and served the Soviet Union’s needs in the Novosibertian region during the Cold War. It officially closed for business two decades ago, although its infrastructure was kept in place for a time when Russia’s Air Force could use it again. That time is now.

The airfield’s reactivation has been “fast,” according to The Aviationist. The military website stated that the status change ramped up in October when a transport plane landed there. Over the past year an expedition of 150 people with dozens of vehicles also arrived by sea, the Aviationist reported.


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