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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
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Lavrov: China is Russia’s priority partner for cooperation in the Arctic

Russia regards China as a priority partner for cooperation in its Arctic zone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Terra Scientia on Klyazma River Russian Educational Youth Forum.

"Our interaction with China in the Arctic should not necessarily be restricted by the Arctic Council's framework. The Russian Federation's Arctic zone is a zone where we can work with many partners on a bilateral basis, and of course, the PRC is one of our priority partners," he said.

An international conference on cooperation in the Arctic will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 30-31. Apart from the eight members of the Arctic Council (Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia, the US, Finland and Sweden), China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, the UK, and the EU have also been invited.