Børge Brende: Norway and Russia continue cooperation in the Arctic
Speaking at the International Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER), Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende said that Russia and Norway are continuing their successful cooperation in the Arctic despite the deterioration of Russia's relations with the West.
The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet quoted him as saying: "We are preserving good traditions of cooperation with Russia in the Arctic. Several weeks ago, I had a fruitful conversation with my Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, about opportunities for further development of our cooperation."
Mr. Brende said that Russia and Norway focus on environmental protection, fishing regulation and nuclear and radiation security in the Arctic. He emphasized that all countries are guided by the principles of international maritime law in all areas of their activity in the Arctic, including the extension of their continental shelf.
GLACIER, organized by the US government, will take place on August 30-31 in Anchorage, Alaska. It will be attended by over 450 delegates from 20 states, including Russia, Britain, Germany, Denmark, India, Italy and China. Russia will be represented by its ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak.