Arctic - Territory of Dialogue, the first major conference of the Russian Geographic Society, will be held in Moscow on September 22-23.
Whereas Denmark and Russia at present happily pursue the negotiation track in their dispute over the Arctic, Copenhagen is preparing for future tensions, as Moscow is likely to get its territorial claim reviewed by the FN Commission 5-10 years before the Danes'.
The nuclear waste in Andreyev Bay, situated on Russia's Kola Peninsula within the Arctic Circle just 50 km from the Norwegian border, has long been a stumbling block that troubled Russia's relationship with Norway. Recently, however, things have started to look up, as Russia is now preparing a comprehensive plan for the purification of the area.
With unemployment pressure mountings on Norway's budget, plagued by low oil prices, the government is pondering a major investment in its Arctic domains in an attempt to give its economy a shot it the arm.
Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi stated that Russia's claim to an extended Arctic continental shelf will be considered at a subcommittee meeting of the United Nations.
Experts concur that Russia's new bid to extend its rights over a greater maritime territory in the Arctic Ocean is significantly more grounded than in 2001.
Russia's Defense Ministry is set to build a regional environmental center in the Arctic to prevent pollution in areas where Russian forces are deployed, Deputy Minister of Defense Dmitry Bulgakov said Saturday.