Russia Laments Sale Of Alaska To United States, Plans To Build Base On Island Ceded By US
VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA - Russia has been lamenting the sale of Alaska to the United States 155 years ago, saying that "if the Russian empire had not sold Alaska to the United States" the current "problems" in the Arctic would not be so acute, according to a report by Russian state news RIA Novosti.
The comment was made by Alexander Abramov, director of the Far Eastern Center for the Economics of Development and Integration of Russia in the Asia-Pacific Region of the Far Eastern Federal University according to the Russian state news agency in October.
Russia colonized Alaska in the 1700s, but then sold Alaska to the United States on October 18th, 1867 at a total of $7.2 million USD. The sale was made by Russian Emperor Alexander II.
US Treasury check to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million on October 18th, 2022. | Enhanced by Donald Standeford
"If we talk about the consequences of the decision, if Alaska remained under the jurisdiction of the Russian Empire, and then under the jurisdiction of the Soviet Union, then the problems with the Arctic that are now arising would not be so acute. And the position of the United States would be completely different,” RIA Novosti cited Abramov as saying.
The Russian news agency cited Abramov as saying that Alaska wasn't the only territory that had been transferred or sold to the United States.
"The Russian Empire was one of the first to support the States, and during the civil war, and during the war of liberation, it sent a squadron in support of the United States, supported the freedom-loving movement in that territory. This is a stormy controversial story. But what happened happened, history has no subjunctive inclinations, and now this is just a statement of a fact that happened 155 years ago," RIA Novosti cited him as saying.
Document signed by Russian representative acknowledging the receipt of $7.2 million for the purchase of Alaska by the US.
On July 6th, 2022 the chairman of the Russian State Duma said that Russia could reclaim Alaska if the United States attempted to "dispose of our resources".
The Chairman said that Russia could demand that the United States give Alaska back to Russia if the United States continues to seize Russian resources.
Volodin said, "Decency is not a weakness. We always have something a response. Let America always remember that there is part of its territory, Alaska. When they start trying to dispose of our resources abroad, before doing so, let them think that we also have something to claim back".
Russia's Response To WSJ Article On Reclaiming Wrangel Island
An article by the Wall Street Journal on November 4th, 2022 stated that the United States should reclaim Wrangel island from Russia, saying that it was allegedly originally part of the United States, but that Russia has been holding the territory since 1924.
The report said that in 1924 the U.S. ceded control of the territory to then Russian leader Vladimir Lenin, along with other 'lost arctic islands", and that the United States "should demand them back".
In response, the Russian State Duma called for the return of Alaska to Russia.
The Moscow Times on November 3rd reported that Russian officials are now considering 'undoing some of the island's environmental protections' in order to convert the island into a staging ground for military exercises, citing the Kedr.media environmental news outlet.
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