The message reads, in part:
”The Arctic plays a strategic role for Russia. Today, we are reinforcing our presence in the region, implementing scientific research initiatives and large programmes for commercial and economic development, and turning our ambitious infrastructure projects into reality. We are also well aware of the importance of preserving the environment and the natural diversity of the polar and subpolar territories.
For this work, I believe it important to use the intellectual and creative potential of such reputable expert platforms as the Federal Arctic Forum. The forum is traditionally known for its varied programme, detailed discussion of pressing issues on the Arctic agenda, and, of course, the professional and business approaches of its participants, who include representatives of the indigenous and small-numbered peoples of the north and the Far East, international organisations, scientific and business communities, state authorities, and the media.
I expect that the discussions will result in concrete ideas and proposals that will be relevant and will serve the stable and environmentally sustainable development of the Arctic territories.“