7 April 201610:40

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s message of greetings to the participants and guests of the 7th Northern Dimension Forum

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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.

 

SERGEY LAVROV

 

April 7, 2016

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