Patrushev warned against «irresponsible race» for resources in the Arctic

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in photosangelina. Archival photoPatrushev warned against «irresponsible race» for resources in the Arctic© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

Respect for the environment in the Arctic should be a priority of international cooperation in the development of the Arctic territories, said the Secretary of the Russian security Council Nikolai Patrushev.

Speaking at the opening of the VII international meeting of representatives of the member States of the Arctic Council observer countries in the Arctic Council and foreign scientific community, Patrushev said that at a time when energy security has acquired a global scale and often move in the political dimension of the theme of Arctic resources «as relevant as ever».

«According to current estimates, the hydrocarbon reserves in the region amount to 90 billion barrels of oil, 47 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and 44 billion barrels of gas condensate», — said the Secretary of the security Council.

However irresponsible the race for resources may cause ecological disasters and destruction of traditional ways of life of peoples of the North, said Patrushev. «The unique features of the Arctic is able to instantly give any negative incident, the scope of this disaster. Therefore, careful attitude to the resources of the region must be a top priority for all of us,» he said.

«It is necessary, in spite of some inter-state differences, to unite our efforts for a common cause – preservation of the Arctic as a unique natural and cultural heritage of all mankind. This implies a number of difficult but still solvable tasks», — said the Secretary of the security Council.

According to Patrushev, great importance to attract the attention of the international community to the preservation of natural resources played by the development of tourism in the region. We can count on respect to the region only when all of humanity, not just the Arctic States recognize the intrinsic value of the Arctic as the common heritage of mankind.