Russia moves to expand Arctic cooperation
During an international Arctic conference on August 30-31 in Anchorage (Alaska, USA), Russia called for expanding cooperation among the Arctic states and preventing its politicization.
"The participants have demonstrated their resolve to consolidate international cooperation in the Arctic, their readiness to take practical steps to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere, their interest in strengthening scientific cooperation on climate change and formulating measures to effectively adapt to these changes," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a comment.
The ministry noted the importance of the framework document on the efforts to reduce black carbon and methane emissions, which was adopted at the Arctic Council. Russia was one of the first countries to submit its national report on this issue, the ministry added.
"The Russian delegation has called for further expanding cooperation among the Arctic states, preventing its politicization and ensuring the unconditional implementation of joint projects, including environmental projects, as well as the fulfillment of the obligations to finance them," the ministry said.
The Arctic Council comprises eight countries: Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia, the United States, Finland and Sweden.