Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson yesterday that it is important for Russia and Iceland to cooperate closely on the affairs of Arctic regions in the coming years and decades.
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin discuss Arctic regions. Courtesy of the Icelandic Presidential Office.
Putin reasoned the two countries have mutual interests to protect when a new sailing route opens up in the Arctic Ocean due to ice melt, Fréttabladid reports.
It is important to begin working on an international regulatory framework on the travels of convoys that will pass through the new sailing route, Putin emphasized.
Putin and Grímsson met in Moscow yesterday after having spoken during an international conference on Arctic regions.
The day before, Grímsson met President of Russia Dmitri Medvedev.
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