The Ambassador of the Russian foreign Ministry noted the problems in the dialogue with the United States in the Arctic

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Diminactive. Archival photoThe Ambassador of the Russian foreign Ministry noted the problems in the dialogue with the United States in the Arctic© RIA Novosti / Ilya Timin

Russia and the U.S. there are big problems in cooperation in the Arctic region, but there are examples of constructive cooperation, said the Ambassador for special assignments of the Russian foreign Ministry, a senior official of Russia in the Arctic Council Vladimir Barbin.

He noted that Western sanctions against energy projects in the region affect cooperation of Russia with the countries of the region, however, according to him, the negative effects of sanctions have been able to minimize it.

The United States in October banned individuals and legal entities in their jurisdiction to cooperate with Russian companies in deepwater, Arctic and shale energy projects.

The Russian diplomat affirmed that «the state of bilateral relations with the United States leave much to be desired,» but «Americans are distinguished by pragmatism, and we with them very constructively interact on issues that are of mutual interest.» Among these areas of cooperation Barbin said that the dialogue for the conservation of fish stocks, the contacts between border services, as well as cooperation on the organization of safety of navigation in the Bering Strait region.

«We have a big problem with the United States in the Arctic, but there are examples of constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation», — he said during a press conference in MIA «Russia today».

The Arctic Council, an international forum created to protect nature of the North polar zone. It consists of eight Arctic countries: Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia, USA, Finland and Sweden. Finland became the chair of the Arctic Council in may this year, taking over the baton from the United States.

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