The forum would aim to negotiate visa-free travel deals, free trade zones for services and agricultural products and strategic partnership agreements with countries in the region. It would also launch smaller, bilateral projects on student exchange, environmental protection and energy supply, but would avoid the controversial topic of EU membership perspectives. It is expected the countries in focus in the new Eastern Partnership will be Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, EUobserver.com reports with reference to Polish press agency PAP.
The Russian continental shelf stretches beyond the North Pole, the Russian government asserts. The country this week submitted its renewed claims for the Arctic shelf to the UN Continental Shelf Commission.
Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.