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ARKHANGELSK, September 16. /TASS/. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev will participate in the International Conference on Security in the Arctic in Arkhangelsk.
The Security Council’s press service reported that officials supervising security issues, representatives of business and scientific communities from 11 countries are invited to the conference. Patrushev will head the Russian delegation.
The forum will focus on training personnel for development of the Arctic and implementation of global projects in this region, as well as strengthening international cooperation in the sphere of preserving existing ecosystems and protecting the Arctic environment. The issues of preserving traditional lifestyle and ensuring sustainable social development of indigenous Arctic peoples will be considered as well.
The international scientific conference "Ensuring security and sustainable development of the Arctic, preserving ecosystems and traditional lifestyle of indigenous Arctic peoples" is held on the initiative of the Russian Security Council.
On September 1, Patrushev stressed at his lecture at the St. Petersburg State Naval Technical University that the Atlantic and Arctic directions are top priority in Russia’s naval policy. He noted that in the Arctic, it is important to modernize infrastructure of sea ports along the North Sea Route, adapt them to conditions and demands of hosting ships and vessels of the Russian Navy.
"National naval policy in the Arctic is defined by the importance of securing Russian fleet’s access to the Atlantic, riches of the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, increasing importance of the North Sea Route for sustainable development of Russia’s security and decisive role of the North Fleet for the country’s defense in this direction," the Security Council secretary stressed.