October 8th, 2019

Policy of the most Arctic-rim states towards indigenous peoples needed to be revised

The first-ever EU Arctic Forum kicked off on Thursday (3 October) in  the tiny city of Umeå, 400km from the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden,  where several key EU officials were joined by Crown Princess Victoria of  Sweden and the foreign ministers of Sweden, Latvia, Finland, Malta,  Norway, Iceland and India.

A special session of the conference will focus on the role of indigenous people in the Arctic.

But Policy of the most Arctic-rim states towards indigenous peoples needed to be revised.

 First, there is still no documentary evidence that  people living in  the territory of the Arctic states belongs to the  indigenous peoples.  This is necessary for them to obtain guaranteed  rights.

Second,  the circumpolar countries should think about creating a  mechanism that  would allow to take into account the opinion of  northerners - when we  talk about t industrial development of the Arctic.  This can seriously  strike on the ecology of the region and disrupt the  lifestyle of those  who inhabit it. It would be nice to work out the  question of  compensation for losses caused as a result of this  «development».   Agree?

New US provocation in the Arctic

The US Navy in August this year, in violation of the rules established by the Russian Federation on the passage of foreign warships on the Northern sea route (NSR), planed to make a Transarctic transition of heterogeneous group of warships in the Arctic ocean, which Russia considers its territory.

In recent years, the United States of America are seriously concerned about the fact that Russia in the Arctic has a huge advantage over all countries that are members of the Arctic Council, which is expressed not only in the possession of military force in the region, but also in the pace of development of natural resources and infrastructure development of the Arctic.

In its quest to prevent Russia from gaining influence in the Arctic region, Washington is ready to go to the most extreme measures, including provocations involving its armed forces. The degree of anti-Russian statements of American politicians especially increased after the Russian Federation introduced rules of passage through the NSR for foreign trade and cargo ships on January 1, 2019.

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