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Arctic: find your place
Anton VasilyevAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Iceland
How can the Arctic be divided among all? The question is extremely difficult. Each country will use its own methods of market conquest. We understand that China will always strive to use "soft power", that is, actively propose the construction of scientific stations, improvement of the infrastructure of those Arctic villages and cities that are in a rather neglected state, especially in the Russian Arctic. China has ample opportunities and experience in this direction: they are actively involved in research activities not only in the Arctic, but also in the Antarctic. Japan and Korea are also present there, but to a lesser extent. But these two countries have high-precision technologies (Samsung, Sony) and look at the Arctic from this position. The Arctic G2013 is trying to limit their influence. When at the ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in XNUMX in Kiruna (Sweden) there was talk about giving observer status to non-Arctic countries, a serious struggle broke out. Not wishing to cause interstate conflicts, a compromise decision was made - to grant such a status to all countries that applied for it - Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, India, Italy. However, the European Union was refused because a number of European countries are already permanent members of the Arctic Council. Many European countries, of course, could be unhappy: they expected to receive an additional vote from the EU in their support. Next year, when the ministerial meeting is held in Canada, it is expected that the EU will still insist on obtaining such status. Let's see how countries' positions change.