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Deputy Prime Minister, presidential Plenipotentiary envoy to the far Eastern Federal district (DFO) Yuri Trutnev is preparing proposals to create a system of preferences to support projects implemented in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. He reported about it on Wednesday to journalists.

"The Arctic is a very complex region. If there is not enough infrastructure in the far East, in many parts of the Arctic it simply does not exist, so the projects there must be very seriously supported, we must create such a system, it can not be mirrored from the Far East. To be honest, it should be more, let's say, focused, that is, the state should show even more attention to projects implemented in the Arctic. I am preparing such proposals, we will discuss them together, " he said.

Trutnev noted that the work on the Arctic projects needs coordination. "We need a center where all this information will be collected and coordinated efforts of ministries and departments, on which ports we build first of all, at the expense of what sources of funding, how many nuclear icebreakers and in what year, this is still a discussion," he explained.

On January 18, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, proposed to transfer all Arctic issues to the Minsk region And call it the Ministry for the development of the Far East and the Arctic zone. Putin agreed with such an initiative, as well as with Medvedev's proposal to introduce the post of the first Deputy head of the Minvostokrazvitiya on Arctic issues.

According to Trutnev, it is Minvostokrazvitiya that should become the center of competence. "We definitely do not cancel the work of the Ministry of natural resources, the Ministry of transport, the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Rosatom, which will be aimed at the development of the territory, but in the Arctic today there is no common system of support, no common system of preferences. For example, coming to the far East, people know what additional benefits they can enjoy, in the Arctic - no. There are preferences for private projects, but there is no General preferential system," the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Earlier it was reported that the state of Minvostokrazvitiya will be expanded after the transfer of issues of development of the Arctic zone to its jurisdiction. Trutnev reported that the far Eastern development institutions - the far East development Corporation, the Agency for human capital development, the Agency for attracting investments and supporting exports - will also "work for the Arctic."


 

Source: https://tass.ru/ekonomika/6032435

Officially, the Arctic countries agreed to keep the Arctic zone free from geopolitical tensions, the Danish newspaper reminds. However, the region is rich in raw materials and has an invaluable strategic importance in terms of security policy. In addition, other countries have claims to the Arctic. Danish experts are alarmed, first of all, by China's investments in Greenland.

The Ministry for the development of the Arctic and the peoples of the North of Yakutia will be staffed in the near future, its head has already started work and plans working trips to the Northern regions of the Republic. This was reported by TASS on Tuesday, the head of Yakutia Aysen Nikolaev on the sidelines of the Gaidar forum.

The Ministry was created on December 30, 2018 by the decree of the head of Yakutia on the basis of the state Committee for Arctic Affairs. The head was appointed Alexander Savvinov, who since the early 1990s worked in the Executive authorities and commercial structures of the region, during three convocations led the Yakut city Duma.

"The Ministry is not yet staffed, there are competitive procedures for various positions. The new Ministry will employ 25 people. I think that in the next month we will complete. The Minister has started to work, in the coming weeks are expected to work trips to the Arctic ulus", - he said.

The new Ministry will be engaged in the comprehensive development of the Yakut Arctic, the area of which is about 1.5 million square kilometers. "the outflow of the population from the Arctic part of Yakutia continues, over the past 8 years the population has decreased by 8%. There are no large enterprises, many mineral deposits are not developed, quite a serious downtrend is in the traditional industries - fishing, reindeer husbandry. All this affects the fate of the indigenous peoples of the North," the head of the Republic explained the need for comprehensive development of the Yakut Arctic.

In particular, the Ministry will be engaged in the socio-economic development of the Northern territories, the implementation of infrastructure projects. The emphasis will be placed on the development of transport infrastructure around the Northern sea route, the reconstruction of ports and the creation of a high-tech Zhatai shipyard, the construction of which will begin in 2019. The Ministry will also deal with the development of traditional activities: reindeer husbandry and fishing.

Gaidar forum is an annual international scientific and practical conference in the field of Economics, held since 2010. The forum is organized by the Russian presidential Academy of national economy and public administration (Ranepa) and the Institute of economic policy. E. T. gaidara and Association of innovative regions of Russia (AIRR). TASS is the General information partner of the Gaidar forum.


 

Source: https://tass.ru/arktika-segodnya/6000194

The BBC presented the television documentary Blue Planet II (Blue planet II), which showed both the breathtaking beauty of the Northern seas and the global threats they face.

Now global attention is focused on the oceans of our planet. The shock of some of the world's most isolated and untouched environments choking on pollution, particularly plastic, highlighted the need for global transformative action.

The world economic conference "ocean Action Agenda" is one of the practical examples of high-level global cooperation. In order for this initiative to maximize its potential, special attention should be paid to the Arctic marine environment.

While our planet has five oceans - the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and southern (Antarctic) - it is the Arctic ocean that is most vulnerable to climate change. In fact, these changes are happening before our eyes; we have already lost more than half of the Arctic summer sea ice.

There are four reasons why the Arctic ocean is different from other oceans and is critical to the survival of our planet.

First, while this relatively small (by ocean standards) marine environment accounts for only 1% of the world's oceans and only 3% of the world's oceans, its impact on the global climate system is disproportionately large.

Second, although small in area, it receives more than 10% of the world's river flow, and 20 of the 100 longest rivers in the world flow into it.

Third, the Arctic marine domain occupies about a third of the world's coastline.

And fourthly, the Arctic ocean contains a quarter of the world's continental shelf, which is of great social and environmental importance.

In all respects, the small Arctic ocean is kept in the top on the world stage.

It is different from other oceans and is a major factor in the global ocean pipeline. For example, the Gulf stream and the North Atlantic current are strictly regulated by the processes taking place in the Arctic. The Arctic ocean is far away to many of us, but its influence is felt everywhere.

The processes taking place in the Arctic play a vital role in connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic. The legendary Northwest passage is not just a destination for explorers and commercial ships; the Arctic is an Oceanographic chain that links and influences other marine regions and the global climate system.

Changes in global temperature have had a highly visible impact on the Arctic ocean. In the last two decades alone, summer sea ice coverage in the Arctic ocean has decreased by about seven million square kilometres to just over 3 million square kilometres. This loss represents almost the total area of all countries in the world.

Ocean waters are becoming more acidic, and oxygen concentrations have fallen by almost 8% in the last 50 years alone.


 

Source: https://vistanews.ru/redaktor/284612

The US has announced its intention to send warships to the Arctic. Member Of the expert Council of the military-industrial complex Viktor Murakhovsky radio Sputnik noted that without the support of the Russian US Navy will have to act at your own risk.

The us Navy plans to place patrol aircraft on the Aleutian Islands to monitor Russia's activities in the Arctic, the US Navy reported. Why do Americans need it, explained on radio Sputnik political scientist Eugene Ben.

The head of the US Navy Richard Spencer said that Washington in the summer will send to the Arctic warships to test their work in the high latitudes, according to USNI News.

In October 2018, Harry Truman became the first American aircraft carrier to cross the Arctic circle in 27 years. His campaign was part of a NATO exercise in Norway called Trident Juncture. The Alliance openly stated that the main goal is to check the combat capability of troops in a cold climate and training the transfer of large units.

As the newspaper notes, during the exercises "Harry Truman" did not experience any difficulties, but the escort ships did not show themselves in the best way.

According to Spencer, the last class of American ships equipped with steam systems to remove ice, were cruisers "Ticonderoga". More modern do not have this option.

Spencer urged to strengthen the requirements of the NATO joint command to operations in the Arctic.

The head of the US Navy also sarcastic about Russian activity in the region. The Kremlin has repeatedly stressed that the activities of Russian ships are carried out for research purposes and for rescue operations. "I think we should look for research and rescue operations there, too," Spencer said.

After he explained that it was an ironic comment and the real goal of the United States – to ensure freedom of navigation.

Member of the Expert Council of the Board of the Military-industrial Commission, military expert Viktor Murakhovsky radio Sputnik commented on the statement of the head of the US Navy.

"They (USA-ed.) have a program of action to ensure freedom of navigation. Basically, they swim in the southern seas, for example, pass the Taiwan Strait, near the bulk Islands, which are made in the South China sea... but now they decided to go by the Northern sea route, or rather not by the Northern sea Route, which partially passes in the territorial waters of the Russian Federation, and approximately parallel route, to check how much it is available for American ships. Well, we can say – the flag in their hands. I am not even sure that they will send a warship there, rather, some kind of icebreaker vessel, " said Victor Murakhovsky.

He noted that the Americans would be wise in this case to seek support from Russia.

"We have always offered not to risk foreign ships, including the military, but to pass the Northern sea route under our pilotage escort and, if necessary, accompanied by our icebreakers. Russia has the largest icebreaker fleet and the largest experience of passing the Northern sea Route. So, of course, we will not build barriers for the Americans, they have the right to swim in international waters. But if they do not turn to us for help and support, they will go at their own risk. The Arctic is a harsh business, anything can happen there, " the expert said.In the summer of 2018, the Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned about the threat of conflicts in the Arctic. German media later wrote that US actions to " ensure freedom of Maritime navigation "will be conducted in the areas claimed by Russia, and may lead to a repetition of the"Kerch incident".



Source: https://ria.ru/20190111/1549243721.html