Man, if Russia is that desperate for new oil / gas reserves, perhaps the world is a lot closer than even I thought to a serious decline in petroleum production. Even in heavily importing N America no-body is even willing to go onto the many landmasses of Canada which extend much closer to the North Pole than any part of Russia.
Can"t blame the Russians for the cold-war talk though. The good-old-boys in the Whitehouse are doing everything in their means to provoke it, eg. missile "defence against Iran" shields in Poland and Czeck R. We (average citizen of world) must look really stupid to them or something.