The message reads, in part:
“I am pleased to note that this Forum, which has now become a regular event, enjoys broad public support. Its noble goals unite expert and research communities, as well as prominent politicians and businesspeople from different countries – those who, in their official capacity or at the bidding of their heart, are involved in the important work of promoting the harmonious development of the Arctic and the preservation of its unique nature and the distinctive cultural traditions of the local peoples.
Importantly, Russia invariably seeks to strengthen cooperation with the states of the Arctic region. I am convinced that only if we act together will we be able to turn the Arctic into a territory of peace, stability and partnership. The current meeting’s theme – The Arctic: An Ocean of Opportunity – fully reflects our openness to such multifaceted and equitable cooperation.”