Finland to increase its input in Arctic region cooperation
Rahvusvahelised uudised 10 Feb 2011  EWR
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb adds momentum to collaboration with Russia during visit to St. Petersburg

Helsingin Sanomat
Finland wants to increase its presence in the Arctic region and aims to strengthen its cooperation with Russia.

“Let’s keep the Arctic region partnership free from red tape”, Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb (National Coalition Party) said in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. Stubb was speaking at the “Finnish-Russian Arctic Partnership” seminar at the Russian Geographic Society in St Petersburg on Wednesday.

The Arctic partnership programme, which was officially launched at the seminar, was initiated by Finland. Its exemplar could well be the cooperation between Russia and Norway in the same Barents region. Last autumn the two countries reconciled their decades-old border dispute in the extreme north and agreed on a strategy of shared energy resources.

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