Russia Mocks Trump's Failed Greenland Purchase: 'We Don't Engage in International Shopping of That Kind'

The Kremlin has mocked President Donald Trump's proposed purchase of the Danish territory of Greenland, suggesting that Russia would not engage in "shopping" of that kind.

Trump's proposal to acquire the Arctic territory has caused a falling out between the U.S. and Denmark, with the president canceling a planned visit to the country after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen dismissed the plan as "absurd."

The president characterized Frederiksen's response as "nasty," and told journalists at the White House on Wednesday that he thought the prime minister's comments were "inappropriate." He added, "All she had to do is say: 'No, we wouldn't be interested.'"

Though sparsely-populated, Greenland is rich in mineral wealth and occupies a strategically valuable position within the Arctic circle. World powers are increasingly looking towards the Arctic, where new sea lanes are opening and natural resources becoming available as a result of melting sea ice caused by climate change.

Despite his country's interest in the Arctic, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that Russia is not concerning itself with Trump's ill-fated Greenland negotiations.

"This is not our business. We don't engage in international shopping of that kind," Peskov said, according to the RBC news website. "If we understand correctly, they had a falling out," he continued, referring to the U.S. and Denmark. "But it's not our issue and we wouldn't like to interfere."

Last weekend, Trump confirmed media reports that he was interested in buying Greenland from Denmark. "Essentially it's a large real estate deal," he said, suggesting that "a lot of things could be done" to ensure the deal, possibly including a trade for some U.S. territory.

Greenland, which is three times the size of Texas, was a Danish colony until 1953 when it became a formal territory of the country. It operates with self-governing autonomy, though is subservient to Copenhagen's foreign affairs and defense decisions.

The territory lacks infrastructure and is home to only 56,000 people. There are no roads connecting the island's 17 towns, meaning residents must travel by sea or by air, Reuters noted.

Greenland is home to deposits of coal, zinc, copper, iron ore and uranium, but remains heavily dependent on subsidies from Denmark to cover two-thirds of its budget revenue. The population there also suffers from high rates of suicide, alcoholism and unemployment.

Trump said that control of Greenland is "hurting Denmark very badly because they're losing almost $700 million a year, so they're carrying [Greenland] at a great loss."

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