Vladimir Putin praises development of Russian infrastructure in the Arctic
President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian polar explorers on their professional holiday and noted that due to their efforts, Russia has been actively developing the industrial and transport infrastructure in the Arctic and the subarctic zone.
Russia marks Polar Explorer’s Day on May 21.
“This professional holiday is dedicated to the brave, courageous and motivated people who have contributed to the exploration and development of polar territories: scientists, meteorologists, geologists, pilots, sailors, builders and other professionals. We are rightfully proud of the results of this hard and selfless work,” the President said.
He added that the current generation of polar explorers honors the traditions of their predecessors, successfully works as part of the Antarctic and high-latitude Arctic expeditions, at hydrometeorological stations and helps expand Russia’s presence near the North and South poles.
“No doubt, thanks to your efforts, Russia is actively developing its industrial and transport infrastructure in the Arctic and Subpolar regions, implementing ambitious projects of the Northern Sea Route and the Northern Latitudinal Railway, and developing new mineral deposits. At the same time, Russia sets an example of openness to polar cooperation with its foreign partners, and a responsible approach to protecting the unique ecology of the regions and preserving the traditional way of life and culture of the peoples of the Far North,” the President said.
Vladimir Putin added that this attitude clearly testifies to Russia’s commitment to its obligations and its readiness for a fruitful chairmanship of the Arctic Council in the next two years.