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Some 1000 parents and children in the Komi Republic have received help through the Barents cooperation program “Children and youth at risk”.

Alexander Stubb, famous in the Barents Region for branding the north as the world´s most sexy region, is put on track to take over after Jyrki Katainen.

The European Union has spent 18 months to agree with itself about a mandate for new talks on a renewed partnership agreement with Russia. Head of EU’s delegation to Russia says the negotiations with the Russians will be no easier. He indicates that they might last for more than a year.

Arkhangelsk city hall (Barentsphoto.com)

Amid heavy support from the governor, acting city mayor Viktor Pavlenko failed to win this weekend’s mayor’s election in Arkhangelsk. Larisa Bazanova, a previously unknown businesswoman from Moscow, will be the new mayor of Arkhangelsk, the local election commission confirms.

The Danish government has invited government ministers from Canada, Norway, Russia and the United States to discussions about borders and resources in the Arctic. The meeting takes place as the North Pole ice is melting at record speed and as commercial interests in transport and industry in the region increases.

Alexander Stubb and Russia (M)

Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb this week broke new ground when proposing that the country introduce visa exemptions for Russians. Finnish authorities however remain split on whether to ease visa relations with the big neighbour.

Lavrov, Støre (Barentsphoto.com)

Norway and Russias foreign ministers, Jonas Gahr Støre and Sergey Lavrov, have agreed to make the disputed area between Norway and Russia in the Barents Sea one of the main topics in their meetings in Kirkenes and Murmansk in June.

United Nations Convention on Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) has never been ratified by USA. During the Arctic Ocean Conference on Greenland, USA has given clear indications that they might change view on this issue.

Jonas Gahr Støre (regjeringen.no)

Climate change and the Arctic, international law, national interests, Russia and the Barents Cooperation were among the field of priorities in Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s recent foreign policy address to parliament.

Photo: Gazprom

The Russian government has established a special commission, which is to be responsible for the control of foreign investments in strategic sectors, Minister of Finance Aleksey Kudrin confirms.

Jens Stoltenberg (Barentsphoto.com)

Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg says he is proud about what his government has achieved in the High North. He underlines that the High North focus now will be reflected in national infrastructure plans.

Viktor Pavlenko (arhcity.ru)

Viktor Pavlenko was on Sunday inagurated in the post as new city mayor of Arkhangelsk. In the ceremony, he was officially handed over the city powers from regional Governor Ilya Mikhalchuk.

-I am convinced that we will make progress in the negotiations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently said. Norway’s Jonas Gahr Støre confirms that the 175,000 square kilometre disputed zone in the Barents Sea is a topic every time he meets with the Russian minister.

Foreign Minister Stшre (Barentsphoto.com)

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre will in today’s meeting with Russia’s Sergey Lavrov propose the establishment of special cross-border travel permissions for the people living in the Norwegian-Russian borderlands.

Duma speaker Yevgenii Nikora

Murmansk Oblast is one of the Russian regions most engaged in international cooperation. This week, the region’s legislative assembly made an important step towards enhanced political cooperation with neighbouring Norway.