The program of the event will be attended by Russian and foreign experts. Participation in the event is already confirmed representatives of several diplomatic missions of the participating countries and observers of the Arctic Council. The meeting will be presented the first issue of the journal “Arctic Review” – the official publication of the International expert Council on cooperation in the Arctic.
The importance of this event lies in the fact that the expert Council does not involve the discussion of any acute political issues: the organizers believe that the politicization of international cooperation in the Arctic, especially with reference to events in other parts of the world (particularly in Ukraine) destructive in nature. The meeting also promotes dialogue among professionals, gives you the opportunity in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss the views of the parties on cooperation in the Arctic.Today Russia is ready to deepen cooperation with other countries , in recent years significantly increased interest from China, Japan and South Korea to the North sea and their readiness for its commercial uses on the proposed RF conditions. Despite a slight decline in cargo traffic in 2014, Beijing expects that by 2020 through the NSR will move up to 15 percent of foreign trade freight traffic of the country, which equates to roughly 800 billion euros. Seoul also appreciated the economic potential of the Northern sea route, with the objective to be among the leaders in Maritime transport in the Arctic.
Speaking of the need to maintain the dialogue, it is important to remember the great experience of successful work, which has been accumulated by experts in previous years of successful cooperation dialogue in the Arctic, and today put under sanctions axe: Washington conduct joint research in the Arctic ocean by Russian-American long-term census of the Arctic (RUSALCA), which is part of a bilateral Memorandum signed in 2003 between the National Agency for the development of the oceans and atmosphere U.S. (National oceanic and atmospheric administration) and the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The historical experience of international cooperation shows that Russia has always been and remains a responsible player in the North. Her main priorities are ensuring comprehensive security of the Russian Arctic zone, including the safety of navigation, protection of oil and gas production facilities and pipelines from terrorists and other potential threats. With the aim to prevent the occurrence in the Arctic emergencies, the consequences of which pose enormous challenges to the ecology and climate of the whole planet, opened a military base on the new Siberian Islands. Also it is planned to create ten rescue center of EMERCOM of Russia, which will be provided with specialized equipment that can operate in challenging Arctic conditions not only on land but also on water, under water and in the air. Actively modernizing and developing the infrastructure of the Northern ports and the polar airfields. Training aeromobile rescue groups that will be able to cover the whole territory of the Arctic in real time in crisis situations.
In March 2015 at the Brookings institution U.S. special representative for the Arctic Robert Papp, speaking about the actions of Russia in the North, noted that the Russian Federation has every right to strengthen its military presence in the region since the Northern sea route runs along its borders and in its Arctic waters. It is therefore required infrastructure to service the ships, ports, airports and life-saving items.
The forthcoming meeting of experts continues to work on maintaining dialogue on issues of international cooperation in the Arctic.
International expert Council on cooperation in the Arctic created 23 may 2013. The Memorandum on the establishment of the Council was signed by the experts from Denmark, Norway, Russia and the USA. The initiative of creation of the expert Council belongs to Autonomous non-commercial organization “Center for strategic assessments and forecasts”. The project is implemented with financial support of the Fund for public diplomacy support them. A. M. Gorchakov.
Source: Center for Strategic Assessments and Forecasts