The Russian regional leader, himself a Finnish-speaker, last week spent three days in the Finnish capital, and met with President Sauli Niinistö, as well as with members of Parliament and business representatives. The Russian delegation included representative of the regional executive and legislative branches of power, as well as representatives of border municipalities, a press release reads.
“We know in which direction to move, which projects that can be implemented between the sides,” Khudilainen said. “The interest [in Finland] towards Karelia is significant and it is now up to us to justify this interest and meet the expectations of the Finnish side”, he added. According to the governor, his region is now preparing a set of measures, which is to help improve investment climate. Among the measures is the establishment of a new investment fund
According to Khudilainen, the Finnish president “supported all the ideas” that was presented by the Russian side in the meetings. President Niinistö reportedly also suggested to introduce a system of regular meetings between the two leaders.
Aleksandr Khudilainen was appointed governor of the Republic of Karelia in late May this year. In a newspaper interview, the new governor said that “I am a pure Finn, in the tenth generation and I speak the language since childhood”. Khudilainen has his family ancestry from the Ingrian people, a minority of ethnical Finns living in the area since the 17 century.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.