Artyukhov: the Arctic plays a strategic role in the development of Russia

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in photobacteria icebreaker Yamal. Archival photoArtyukhov: the Arctic plays a strategic role in the development of Russia© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

The Arctic plays a strategic role in ensuring sustainable and harmonious development of Russia, said the head of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district Dmitry Artyukhov.

He spoke at the plenary meeting of the Federal Arctic forum «the Arctic Days in Moscow», which takes place from 21 to 25 November in the capital and has over forty business and cultural events of the Arctic theme. In opening ceremony took part the Minister of natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kobylkin, Governor of the Arkhangelsk region Igor Orlov, Governor of the Nenets Autonomous area Alexander Tsybulsky, President of the Association of KMN of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation Grigory Ledkov and Vice-President of the world tourism organization to the UN UNWTO Natalia Andronova.

«For Russia the Arctic plays a strategic role. Today we are strengthening our presence in the region — implementing a research initiative, an ambitious program for its economic development. It is well understand how important it is to ensure the safety of the environment, to preserve natural diversity of polar and Subpolar territories. In this work I consider it necessary to use intellectual and creative potential of such authoritative and expert sites as the Federal Arctic forum», — said Artyukhov.

He stressed that one of the key objectives of the government of Yamal — improving the quality of life in the Arctic. «The President set us the task of national projects is a quality improvement in all areas — health, education, the quality of the urban environment, and that we soon will engage. I am sure on the Arctic Yamal Peninsula will be even more comfortable,» — said Artyukhov reporters.