Sans US and Canada, experts praise joint efforts at Arctic Forum

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The Arctic Forum highlighted collaboration between participant countries despite political differences, because Arctic development and preservation is their common goal, experts have told RT. “Arctic is the place where they actually agree, where they have common interests,” Lars Kullerud from Arctic University said. “This is an area where everybody gains.” Russia’s intention to ratify the Paris Agreement means that “Russia will align with the rest of the countries against US,” Kullerud said. “Among Arctic countries the conflict isn’t between Russia and other countries, but between all the countries and the United States,” Kullerud stressed. His words were echoed by Tero Vauraste, CEO of Arctia Group, who considers global climate change the “main reason for the good collaboration” on the Arctic. He said the “fact is that within the Arctic there aren’t many pressing international issues, but this is the climate issue, which is common for everybody.”

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