The International Arctic Forum will be held in St. Petersburg on April 11-13, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to participate in it. This was announced on October 6 by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yuri Trutnev at a meeting of the Federation Council.

The Forum is a platform for discussing topical issues of socio-economic development of the Arctic territories, developing mechanisms for the effective development of the resource potential of the Arctic region. It has been held since 2010. It is attended by Russian experts and foreign specialists.

On September 18, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Officials in the Arctic Council Nikolai Korchunov said that sooner or later a dialogue between Russia and the United States will begin on the military-political aspects of the situation in the Arctic.

According to him, currently the states have disagreements on this issue. At the same time, the United States and Russia have a mutual interest in making the Arctic a region of constructive interaction.

On July 15, it was reported that Russia and the United States are jointly implementing a climate project, including in the Arctic. Cooperation includes monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and removals, forests and agriculture.

On June 1, Korchunov explained why Russia is engaged in the restoration of military infrastructure in the Arctic. According to him, this is necessary in order to ensure the country's defense capability in the Arctic, which is of strategic importance for national security and the country's economy.

Finnish Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs Petteri Vuorimaki believes that the program of the Russian presidency in the Arctic Council is probably the most ambitious one in its history. Importantly, cooperation in the Arctic opens up opportunities for constructive interaction with Moscow. The politician made this statement at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

“At present, the Russian Federation chairs the Council, and this program is likely to be the most intensive and ambitious in its entire history. If I were to take part in all planned events, I would have to move to Moscow or some other place in Russia. It has planned an incredible number of events,” he noted.

“I keep saying that cooperation in the Arctic opens up opportunities for constructive cooperation with the largest Arctic country, the Russian Federation, despite difficulties in other areas,” Vuorimaki said.

The Arctic Council is an inter-governmental organization of the Arctic states: Denmark (with Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia, the United States, Finland and Sweden. In 2021, the year of the Council’s 25th anniversary, Russia took over the two-year presidency from Iceland.

Japan is interested in conducting joint research with Yakutia on permafrost and climate change. This was stated by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Russia Toyohisa Kazuki at a meeting with the head of Yakutia Aisen Nikolaev.

According to Nikolayev, the Arctic theme is a promising area of cooperation between the two countries.

During the working visit, the Japanese diplomat visited the year-round greenhouse complex "Sayuri". This project has been implemented jointly with companies from Japan for five years. In the near future, the construction of greenhouse blocks with a total area of 1.2 hectares will be completed.

The head of the republic has previously called cooperation with Japanese partners one of the priorities of Yakutia's international relations. He considers the construction of wind power plants in the village of Tiksi to be a significant project — they were launched in 2018.

Three companies operating in the Murmansk Region have received the status of the Arctic zone of Russia. These are representatives of small and medium-sized businesses: LLC "NORTHERN", LLC "Lights of the Arctic" and LLC "Arctic Project". NORTHERN
will build a hotel complex in the Pechenga district. The volume of investments in the project will exceed 25 million rubles. Lights of the Arctic will build warehouse real estate in Murmansk.

The investor of the company "Arctic Project" will invest 14 million rubles in the construction of two grocery stores in the Kola district.

Thus, Vice-Governor Olga Kuznetsova noted, 77 residents of the Arctic zone are registered in the region, which in total invest about 91 billion rubles.

Earlier, Aurora Logistics became a resident of the Arctic zone of Russia. The company plans to create a comprehensive support base in Murmansk for servicing offshore Arctic projects.

The crew of the Northern Fleet’s hydrographic survey vessel Gorizont has specified the coordinates of the Russian border. During comprehensive oceanographic surveys, they took photos of over 11,000 km of the ocean floor, and collected water and bottom samples in the Barents and Kara seas.

“We measured the depths and specified the coordinates of the critical points. These are the coordinates of the Russian border,” said Captain of the Gorizont Vitaly Khopryachkov.

The crew conducted surveys in the area of Franz Josef Land over the past two months. Now the Gorizont is back in the village of Mishukovo (Murmansk Region), the base of the Northern Fleet’s hydrographic survey vessels.

The press service also reported that the hydrographic survey vessel Romuald Muklevich returned to Murmansk last week. As part of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society’s joint expedition, its crew explored the coast off Severny Island of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago and the continental coast, where the Northern convoys sailed during the Great Patriotic War.