US-Russia Cooperation in Arctic Focused on Environment, Science

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US-Russian collaboration in the Arctic is concentrated on the environment, science as well as on issues facing the indigenous peoples there, Deputy Head of the Economic Section of the Russian Embassy to the United States Grigory Zasypkin told Sputnik.

“The Arctic is really now a depoliticized area, an island of peace and of constructive dialogue,” Zasypkin said. “The United States is chairing the Arctic Council, and forms the agenda for cooperation, so the focus is primarily on environment, science and indigenous peoples’ issues. These are now the main points of contact, as well as the topics discussed in the framework of the Arctic cooperation.”

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