Prospects of Russian-Finnish cooperation in the Arctic discussed in Moscow
Presidential Advisor Anton Kobyakov and Ambassador of Finland to Russia Mikko Hautala discussed an international Arctic agenda in Moscow.
During the meeting they pointed out the prospects of cooperation that are offered by the coming three-year Russian chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021-2023 as well as by the Arctic — Territory of Dialogue 6th International Arctic Forum to be held next March. The parties also agreed that all the initiatives already being implemented by their countries should be continued as part of the Russia-Finland dialogue.
"We have been vigorously preparing for the June 2020 International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg and we would like to keep our arrangements for 2021 regarding the development of Russia-Finland dialogue. Topics such as intense and sustainable forest management and bio economics are very pressing for us and I want to underscore the tangible progress made by a number of Russian regions in reducing soot emissions by using gas. We are ready to share our experience in these issues on a permanent basis. During the Russian business mission's travel to Finland, the heads of 13 Russian regions visited our country and the agreements reached have their follow-ups for the development of our business contacts, say in the Komi Republic," said Mikko Hautala.