Alaska could today be a more developed region if it were under Russian rule; Moscow might have focused on developing the peninsula in terms of national security, had it not sold Alaska in the late 19th century, RIA Novosti adviser on Arctic policy of the Alaska government Craig Flyner said.
“One can look at this question from two points of view: for example, from the point of view of national security: if Russia saw a strategic region in Alaska, and they would (so-called the Russian Federation), it was mainly considered because of the geographical situation And proximity to Canada and the United States, it is possible that the Russians would develop Alaska from the point of view of ensuring national security, and this in turn would lead to the development of oil, gas and mineral resources, so it is quite possible that with regard to ensuring the security of the country, the region would be more developed ” Fleener said.
At the same time, he noted that there is no possibility of returning Alaska to Russia. “I do not think that the US would let us go, and I do not think that Alaska residents would agree to this (the state’s return to the Russian Federation – Ed.),” He said.
“But we appreciate the legacy of Russia, which is in Alaska, we have a large Russian community, many people speak Russian, and we are very proud of that .We want to have good and strong relations with Russia for many reasons, we are historically connected and this is very important For Alaska, “he added, explaining that one of the potential areas of cooperation is the development of contacts in the field of monitoring and tracking of ships, as well as assistance to vessels in the Bering Sea that are in distress.
By the decision of Emperor Alexander II in March 1867, Alaska was sold to the United States for seven million 200 thousand dollars in gold. The official transfer ceremony took place in Novoarkhangelsk on October 6 of the same year.
The southern coast of Alaska with the adjacent islands of the Aleutian ridge was discovered on July 15, 1741 (all dates in the text are given according to the old style) by the Second Kamchatka expedition led by the captain-commander of the Russian fleet Vitus Bering. The discovery provided Russia’s priority in the development of Alaska for 125 years.
Original: На Аляске заявили, что штат был бы более развитым под управлением Москвы