Lavrov: Barents cooperation demonstrates persistent immunity to changing political conditions,

“It goes without saying that in the harsh climate and environment of the north, economic activity can only be carried out through joint efforts and exchange of experience,” Sergey Lavrov says ahead of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council meeting taking place in Tromsø, northern Norway on Monday and Tuesday.

The press service of Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirms in an email to the Barents Observer that Lavrov will come to the meeting in-person.

A lengthy interview with Lavrov about the role of the Barents cooperation is posted on the Russian foreign ministry’s portal.

Bi-annual ministerial meetings in the Council rotate between the four member countries Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The Barents cross-border regional cooperation was initiated in January 1993, a year after the collapse of the Soviet Union. […]

Sweden, the host of the Barents Council 2019-meeting in Umeå, is the only of the four countries in northernmost Europe that will not be represented with its foreign minister in Tromsø.

Instead of going to Tromsø, Foreign Minister Ann Linde will host a seminar on “Security Challenges in the Baltic Region” in Stockholm. The seminar will be attended by members of the North Atlantic Council, the principal political decision-making body within NATO. Läs artikel