The U.S. Navy’s submarine force is preparing for its next Arctic exercises in spring 2014, but there is some uncertainty over whether they will take place due to budget pressures in Washington, admiral says.
Two new vessels for the Russian Navy will be laid down simultaneously at the Northern Shipyard in St.Petersburg. One is the fourth vessel in the Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates and the other the second in a new class of intelligence vessels.
INARI: Forest expert Trude Myhre with WWF Norway says protecting the unique taiga forest is a key to fighting biodiversity loss and climate change. Recommendations for expanding protected areas were given at the Barents Enviro-Ministers’ meeting.
Expansion of the zone for visa-free border-crossing, cooperation in the Arctic, closer contact between the parliaments of the two nations and the situation for sexual minorities in Russia were among the issues up for discussion.