Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s message of greetings to the participants and guests of the 7th Northern Dimension Forum
I’d like to extend my heartfelt welcome to the participants and guests of the 7th Northern Dimension Forum.
Your forum always offers a good opportunity for constructive non-politicised discussion of urgent issues on the North European agenda. Against a background of generally challenging developments in Europe, these joint efforts by government and municipal bodies, business circles and civil society, plays a major role in promoting the values of trust, mutual understanding and good neighbourly relations. The efforts of the Northern Dimension Business Council and the European Business Association play a special role in this context.
It is hard to overestimate the topicality of this meeting. Today the Arctic is confidently becoming a territory of productive multilateral cooperation. Our country is planning to launch large-scale joint projects, including in the Russian Arctic. The region’s economic development should include compliance with nature protection requirements and respect for the traditional lifestyle of the indigenous people.
I wish you productive discussions and all the best.
April 7, 2016