In an interview with the FoxNews channel last week, American officials said that after consultations with Denmark and the government of Greenland, the United States will render this Danish autonomy assistance worth $12.1 million and open a consular agency there. This assistance is believed to be aimed at developing energy, tourism and education in Greenland and creating a counterbalance to Russia's influence in the Arctic.
Back in December last year, Denmark agreed to open an American consulate in the Greenlandic capital of Nuuk to become the first permanent US diplomatic mission since 1953. And now Washington seems to have started implementing the agreement to revive the consular agency in Greenland. Some analysts believe that Washington's assistance is a mere step towards buying the island.
It bears reminding that in August 2019, US President Donald Trump planned to buy Greenland. Back then, many people took it as a joke, but the head of the White House seriously suggested that Copenhagen sell the island. Denmark and the European Union opposed the deal. In turn, the Greenlandic authorities expressed readiness to cooperate with Washington but not to put themselves up for sale. The issue seemed to have been taken off the table once and for all. But the United States did not stop there and pursued its effort to occupy Greenland in some form or another.
Many Danish parties, including the Socialist People's Party and the conservatives, have criticized the US for trying to undermine the position of Denmark and the Danish Realm by offering economic support to Greenland. And left-wing MP Karlsten Honge directly accused Washington of trying to drive a wedge between Greenland and Denmark and urged Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to "score a line on the ice."
Why is Washington so keen-set for gaining a foothold in Greenland? The explanation is not hard to plumb. The location of the island is strategically important: you can control the entire Arctic region from its territory. Besides, the undeveloped resources of the Arctic are truly huge, including oil, gas, fish, and rare-earth metals. It is notable that the Danish Berlingske newspaper previously wrote that the US fancy is to lay its grubby hands on a new Klondike in Greenland.
Moreover, scientists believe that the ice covering 90% of the Greenland territory continues to melt, generating new opportunities for oil and mineral extraction, which is especially important amid the current oil crisis. Apart from that, climate change-induced warming opens up new sea routes and offers new opportunities for commercial and military activities in the region. Due to these precise reasons Greenland has become a geopolitical battleground between Russia and the United States.
The United States cites Russia's "aggressiveness" in the region and Moscow's desire to militarize it as a "weighty" argument in favor of acquiring Greenland. There is no end to Washington's statements that its presence on the island will both help protect its population and ensure the security of Denmark itself. In fact, under the guise of good intentions to help Greenland, Washington only wants to militarize the Arctic, while attempting to "throw dust into the eyes" of the world community.
By the way, Washington has already taken some steps towards militarizing the Arctic. It became known the day before that by 2021 the United States will deploy 54 fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II fighters in Alaska, next to the Russian Kamchatka, which will allow them significantly enhance their combat presence in the Arctic and border areas with Russia. The air base in Alaska is assumed to provide for the US to control the launch areas of Russian strategic submarines, as well as patrolling routes of the Russian strategic aircraft.
The United States appears to be trying to make up for lost leadership in the Arctic, especially amid growing global competition for resources. Washington realized that it simply overslept the Arctic, where Russia clearly dominates today due to its strong icebreaker fleet of over 40 units of different classes, while the US has only two old icebreakers there. So, Russia has made the game safe in the Arctic, having also significantly strengthened its northern borders in military terms. For instance, six Russian bases have been built in the Arctic region since 2013, fitted out with the most cutting-edge equipment and weapons able to protect our northern borders.