Russian-Indian cooperation in the oil and gas sector could make India the first non-Arctic state to extract resources in the Arctic, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with The Times of India.

"We are establishing cooperation in geological exploration and joint development of oil and gas fields in the territory of the two countries, including offshore projects, which will eventually allow India to become the first non-Arctic state extracting resources in the Arctic. Specifically, Indian companies are participating in the development of oil and gas fields under the Sakhalin-1 project, as well as the Vankor oil and gas condensate field," the minister said.

Moscow and New Delhi are looking into ways to improve the energy supply routes from Russia to Indian partners. The agencies concerned are studying the possibility of expanding cooperation in the field of hydroelectric and thermal power generation and energy efficiency, as well as in the design and construction of renewable energy facilities, the foreign minister added.

The British media spoke about the prospects of Russia's extraction of natural resources of the Arctic. However, the leading Western countries can also claim their share of the Arctic pie. 

The West claims to their share of the natural resources of the Arctic — the British media

The Independent noted that climate change and the melting of polar ice make the development of the Arctic more accessible, which can subsequently lead to a serious struggle between the West and Russia.

As noted in the article, Russia has made an important step in the development of the Arctic territories, since there are a large number of natural resources in this area, but in the future it may face military clashes with competing countries that are determined to increase their trade and economic influence on the territory.

It should be noted that the Northern sea route of Russia will also reduce the time of delivery of important goods from Russia and China to Europe. The British media expressed the opinion that the climate will play into the hands of Russia, as there is a possibility of changes in weather conditions in the direction of warming.

"Their ships are getting closer": the Independent warned about the struggle for the Arctic between Russia and the West

The ice cover of the Arctic will melt rapidly, which will give Russia the opportunity to extract energy resources much faster than its Western competitors. As noted by the commander of the Netherlands marine corps, General Jeff mcmutry, the Russian Navy shows " increasing interest "in the Arctic region, and their ships"are getting closer".

Journalists called on the British side to put forward their claims to the share of Arctic land. Britain, in their opinion, has some influence on those powers that can oppose a direct competitor, that is, Russia. As the main weapon of the UK media called the fleet, which can compete with the Russian side in the race for Northern wealth. 



The next year, Russia will submit a request for an extension of the basic boundaries of Russia's continental shelf in the Arctic seas.
According to Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Denis Temples in an interview, "Russia 24", in 2014 Russia will be ready to file for an extension of the main limits of its shelf in the Arctic seas.

The gradual depletion of resources and the uneven provision of global natural resources, forcing industry and business to pay attention to the most difficult to develop the area. In the new special interest is the Arctic with its huge hydrocarbon deposits, rare earth metals, gold, silver, and other important natural resources.

At present, the Arctic is considered by many countries as a strategic region in connection with huge hydrocarbon reserves, and strengthening the role of the factors and conditions that underlie the political and energy security of the leading industrialized countries.