Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to organisers and participants of the Conference “International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development”
I cordially greet the organisers of and participants in the Conference “International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development” dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Arctic Council (AC).
Russia consistently advocates the strengthening of multilateral cooperation in the Arctic and the addressing of its current issues on the basis of international law and through a mutually respectful dialogue and regard for interests of all Arctic states.
We proceed from the assumption that the Arctic Council is the main venue for looking for optimal responses to common challenges and forming a positive agenda. The AC’s key role was reaffirmed in the September 2016 joint statement by the foreign ministers of the Arctic countries. We value highly the AC’s contribution to sustained development, peace and stability in the Arctic and to improving the quality of life of people living in the Extreme North, including its indigenous populations.
We are interested in the Arctic remaining a territory of fruitful dialogue and creative partnership. We hope that your meeting will facilitate a detailed expert discussion on ways to achieve this goal and promote trust and mutual understanding in the region.
I wish you fruitful discussions and all the best.
Moscow, October 13, 2016