Russia, West to cooperate in Arctic despite conflicts in Syria, Ukraine

Daily Sabah released an article titled, “Russia, West to cooperate in Arctic despite conflicts in Syria, Ukraine.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Despite tensions over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, Russia and the West have maintained a strong working relationship in the Arctic and Canada’s new Liberal government is looking to further bolster that cooperation.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has continued to press Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and its support for the Bashar Assad’s regime in a long-running civil war. But his Liberals have softened the previous Canadian administration’s isolationist policy enough to allow for talks with Russia on other matters, such as the North Pole. A joint conference in Ottawa has been scheduled for Nov. 24.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “views the Arctic as a region that should be void of conflict,” said a Russian official who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media. Russia is betting on increased shipping through its Arctic waters linking Asia to Europe, and has set up a number of outposts capable of answering distress calls.”

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