The Arctic Council chairmanship will strengthen Russia as an Arctic leader
Chairmanship of Russia in the Arctic Council will consolidate the status of the leading power of the Russian Federation in the Arctic, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev. This was announced in his report "On the implementation of the strategy for the development of the Russian Arctic zone" during the government hour in the Federation Council.
"This will allow to consolidate Russia's position as a leading Arctic power. There is a very big competition in this sphere today. It is necessary to be active, to strenghten positions, so that Russian Arctic will always remain Russian" - he stressed.
In May 2021, Russia took over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental organization of the Arctic states. Its members are Denmark ( including Greenland and the Faroe islands), Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States. In addition, the Arctic Council grants observer status to Non-Arctic states, intergovernmental and interparliamentary organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations. In 2021, the year of 25th anniversary of the association, the two-year chairmanship had been given to Russia.