Arctic Forum : Battle for Arctic Groundless

Source: Voice of Russia.

Putin: there will be no battle for the Arctic

23.09.2010, 16:22

Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin regards the Arctic as a “battle-free zone”. As he addressed scientists, public figures and business representatives at the International Arctic Forum in Moscow on Thursday, Putin said that the Arctic should be a region of peace and cooperation.
"The Arctic Region should serve as a venue for establishing true partnership on economic and security issues, education and science and for preserving the cultural legacy of the North."
Russia’s foreign partners think along the same lines. Convincing proof of that was supplied by the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. Some, however, warn of future battles for the Arctic.
"These kinds of frightening scenarios make no sense," Putin said. "Russia has been keeping a close eye on the situation in the Arctic. Those who talk of future battles want to set countries and regions against one another and profit from it. Even though the Arctic is at the juncture of geopolitical and economic interests, all Arctic-related issues, including the continental shelf, can be settled by negotiation on the basis of existing international agreements."
Russia and Norway have signed a treaty on the sea borders and on cooperation in the Barents Sea and in the Arctic. Russia has called for an international polar decade, a project which could assist in studying climate change.
Russia plans to build up its industrial presence in the Arctic with due respect for environmental requirements in the exploration of the Yamal Peninsula, the Shtokman gas deposit in the Barents Sea and in the development of the northern territories.
The Arctic oil and gas reserves are the third largest in the world after the Persian Gulf and Western Siberia. Six oil-and-gas provinces and two oil-and-gas bearing regions are estimated to contain 51 billion tons of oil and 87 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. In addition, the Arctic boasts vast deposits of diamonds, nickel, chrome, manganese, tungsten, rare metals and gold.
The current Arctic Forum in Moscow is Russia’s first to discuss climate change, the consequences of the activity of man, the development of natural resources and prospects for sustainable development.

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