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"Expert's Opinion": Maria Lagutina about Russia's chairmanship in the Arctic Council

Russia will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council – the announcement will be made during a meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the Arctic member states, which is taking place on May 19-20 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Arctic Council, established in 1996, is a high-level intergovernmental forum aimed at development of international cooperation in the Arctic region. Members of the Council include Russia, Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, USA, Finland, and Sweden. Several non-Arctic states and international organizations have observer status in the Council. The Russia's chairmanship will last from 2021 to 2023.

What are priorities of the Russia's chairmanship and what new proposals will Moscow present to support international Arctic cooperation? Do global political tensions affect mutual understanding in the Arctic? How fair is it to consider Russian and Chinese ambitions in the North similar? And will the Arctic become a stabilizing factor in the relations between Moscow and Washington?

Dr. Maria Lagutina, Professor at the Department of World Politics, Faculty of International Relations at St. Petersburg State University will become a guest of the "Expert's Opinion" show.

The event will be available to watch live online on the Facebook page of the Gorchakov Fund.

A recording of the show will be published on the YouTube channel of the Gorchakov Fund.