19 October 201716:04

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Swedish Prime Minister Margot Wallstrom on the sidelines of the 16th ministerial meeting of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC), Arkhangelsk, October 19, 2017


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Dear Margot, friends,

It’s a good opportunity to have a bilateral talk on the sidelines of this 16th ministerial meeting of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council.

We are interested in promoting our relationship. We sense the same attitude on the part of Stockholm, and we’ll be ready to discuss how we can proceed in trade, the economy, investment, in regional cooperation, Northern partnership, and, of course, foreign policy issues in the United Nations, OSCE, Council of Europe as well as other formats.

We are very glad to see you in Arkhangelsk.

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