Putin: Russia is interested in using resources from non-Arctic countries to develop the region
Russia will not prevent non-Arctic countries from helping it to develop the Arctic, but it is interested in using their resources, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum.
"We will not prevent non-Arctic countries from helping us develop the Arctic. Moreover, we are interested in using their resources and capability for this provided they respect the standards and rules of environmental safety, the safety of biological resources and the interests of the indigenous people living in this region. This is something we can and will coordinate. In fact, we are already working to coordinate this cooperation," Putin said.
The Yamal LNG project, in which seven countries are participating, could serve as an example.
The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue international Arctic forum was held on March 29-30, this year in Arkhangelsk. The key topic on the 2017 forum's agenda is Man in the Arctic. The forum is designed to bring together international organizations, government agencies and scientific and business communities from Russia and other countries in an attempt to work out ways of promoting international cooperation and consolidating efforts to ensure the sustainable development of the Arctic and improve the living standards of its population.