International cooperation

Chilingarov: Any Arctic issues can be solved through constructive dialogue

There are no problems in the Arctic that cannot be solved through collaboration between the involved countries, TASS reports citing Artur Chilingarov, Special Presidential Representative for International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic, at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway.

"Without exaggeration, the recent achievements in international cooperation in the Arctic are an example of friendly, stable and predictable policy. We believe that there are no issues in the Arctic that cannot be solved through constructive dialogue. There are no problems in the Arctic that require a military response," Mr Chilingarov said.

Chilingarov also pointed out that his foreign counterparts have expressed a willingness to continue research cooperation with Russia.

"Russia is open to cooperation. Without international cooperation, further study of the Arctic Region's climate and energy potential is not really possible," he stressed.

The researcher expressed high appreciation for Canada's Chairmanship in the Arctic Council and said he hopes that the United States as the next chairman will make every effort to maintain the council's leadership in the Arctic Region.

The Arctic Frontiers conference, convened for the ninth time, is the largest forum for the discussion of the most topical issues in the politics, the economics, and the environment for the further exploration of the high latitudes. This year, some 1,400 people from 34 countries attended the conference. The attendees and participants of panel discussions include Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Prime Minister of Finland Alexander Stubb; Foreign Minister of Norway Børge Brende and Foreign Minister of Denmark Martin Lidegaard, plus Prince of Monaco Albert II.