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Arctic region development requires creation of a coordination center, says deputy PM

Today the Arctic implies science, defense, ecology, and the interests of residents, and the development of projects in the field of mining, and geological exploration, Yury Trutnev said

ARKHANGELSK, December 12. /TASS/. The comprehensive development of Russia’s Arctic region requires establishing a coordination center that would supervise all major activities, Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev told TASS.

On Tuesday, at a meeting with members of the State Commission for the Development of the Arctic in Sabetta (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region), Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that he had approved the new line up of the commission which will be headed by Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev.

"It seems to me that work on the Arctic should be raised to another level. <...> The point is not to create a ministry, but some center of competences should exist. There should be a coordination center employing experts in the Arctic. Today the Arctic implies an extremely broad range of activities, such as science, defense, ecology, and the interests of residents, and the development of projects in the field of mining, and geological exploration," he said adding that all this cannot be done without proper coordination.

Trutnev noted that it is the authority of the Prime Minister to decide on creation and the structure of such a department.

During the meeting in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Medvedev called for the use of a variety of tools for infrastructure development in the Arctic, including international cooperation opportunities.

The Prime Minister mentioned the Yamal LNG project as an example of international cooperation, in which it was possible to attract both European and Asian partners.

On Tuesday, in Sabetta, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, the third line of the Yamal LNG plant was launched bringing it to its full capacity, which is 16.5 mln tonnes of LNG per year. Each line has the production capacity of 5.5 mln tonnes.