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    The US intends to work with Russia on the Arctic shipping, US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft said at an international Arctic forum Wednesday.

    ARKHANGELSK (Sputnik) — The United States intends to work with Russia on the effective regulation of shipping in the Arctic, US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft said at an international Arctic forum Wednesday.

    "The code entered into force on January 1 of this year and we are looking forward to working with Russia and other states in ensuring its effective implementation," he said at the "Arctic: Territory of Dialogue" forum.

    Tefft said the US joined with other International Maritime Organization nations to adopt a Polar Code "to strengthen the regulation of shipping in both polar regions."

    Moreover, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to attend the Alaska Arctic Council in the US state in May, US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft said Wednesday.

    Tefft told reporters on the sidelines of the "Arctic: Territory of Dialogue" International Arctic Forum that Lavrov's visit would offer an opportunity to discuss issues relating to the Arctic.

    The cooperation between the governments in the Arctic region contributes to the peace in the area and reduces potential risks for its stability, US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft said Wednesday.

    "Compared to many other parts of the world, the Arctic remains a peaceful and politically stable place marked by high level of cooperation among the relevant governments," Tefft said at the opening ceremony of the "Arctic: Territory of Dialogue" international forum.

    The diplomat added that such cooperation between the states significantly reduces the risk of serious conflicts in the region.


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