Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that will relieve the settlement of Roslaykovo outside Murmansk of its status as closed military town. Rosneft has ambitious plans for the local shipyard.
Finland is having second thoughts to Rosatom’s involvement in the planned nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki south of Oulu in northern Finland. Environment Minister Ville Niinistö calls energy cooperation with the Russian company ‘a step back’.
There is currently no military threats against Finland, but changes are possible, head of the country’s Armed Forces, General Jarmo Lindberg says. At the same time, the Finnish Parliament promises an increase in military spending.
”We are building not only a railway line, we are building our road to the future, our Arctic pathway”, regional Governor Marina Kovtun said at a launch ceremony of the long-awaited and much-disputed Murmansk Transport Hub.
Salve Dahle with Akvaplan-Niva in Norway hopes the verbal conflict and boycott in trade between east and west will have little consequences on high north research cooperation. Arctic Frontiers conferance signs with Russian Geographical Society.
As tensions in East-West relations mount, more than 150 representatives of NGOs, regional authorities and institutions meet in Tromsø, northern Norway, to discuss enhanced Norwegian-Russian cooperation in the Barents Region.