Russia should become a key player in the formation of international cooperation in the Arctic
Russia should play a crucial role in the formation of international cooperation in the Arctic - the President of the Association of Polar Explorers, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Arthur Chilingarov commented on the statement of Vladimir Putin about the need to strengthen cooperation with the states of the Arctic region.
Putin noted that today issues of the development of the Arctic, preservation of its unique nature and traditions were the most important. «Russia constantly seeks to strengthen interaction with the states of the Arctic region. I am convinced that only together we can turn the Arctic to the territory of peace, stability and partnership. The topic of our meeting «The Arctic. Ocean of opportunities» reflects totally our readiness to such multifaceted equal cooperation», — Vladimir Putin emphasized.
Commenting statement of President Arthur Chilingarov declared that Moscow should become the key player in the formation of international cooperation in such difficult region.
«Russia's scientific cooperation with other countries has never ceased. Therefore, we fully support the words of our President. There are specifically our interests in the Arctic, and there is international cooperation. Its example is the recent large scientific expeditions. And this practice should be continued. And Russia should have a key place in this matter, because we have experience and all the technical capabilities for it.
At the same time he emphasized the importance of words of President about the need to preserve the unique nature of the Arctic region.
«Recently, even despite the high cost of expeditions, many tourists have appeared. They are dangerous because they do not observe personal and, most importantly, environmental safety. We must be interested in leaving the region clean and untouched for future generations of indigenous people», — Chilingarov added.