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    Murmansk Region, the Netherlands Cooperating Despite Challenging Times

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    The Netherlands and the Murmansk Region continue to cooperate despite difficult times, the country’s consul general in St. Petersburg, Hans Wesseling, noted at a meeting with Murmansk Region First Deputy Governor Alexei Tyukavin.

    Wesseling and Tyukavin met on the sidelines of the 6th Murmansk International Business Week. The Dutch delegation included diplomats, business managers and cultural figures.

    “We remain friends despite the current difficult political times, and we can work in very close contact,” Wesseling said.

    “This is also due to close cooperation between Murmansk and Groningen. By the way, the Mayor of Groningen wants to visit Murmansk in 2018, and he will bring a group of business executives with him,” he added.

    At the same time, Tyukavin noted that representatives of Dutch diplomatic, political and business circles have been visiting Murmansk regularly.

    “This shows the interest of your country in expanded cooperation with our region. The Netherlands has observer status in organizations like the Arctic Council and the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, which also indicates an interest in overall Arctic development,” Tyukayev said.

    He recalled that the Murmansk Region and the Netherlands have maintained long-standing relations. In 1989, the Groningen and Murmansk municipalities signed an agreement on friendly ties and cooperation.

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    Wesseling noted that the Dutch know Murmansk well and that the polar convoys of World War II are particularly vivid in their collective memory.

    During the meeting, both sides discussed economic cooperation, as well as sports and cultural cooperation, and cooperation in higher education.

    The 6th Murmansk International Business Week is taking place November 13-17 and involves 3,500 people, as well as guests from 18 Russian regions and 13 foreign countries. The event includes a visiting session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, “Russian Regions: New Points of Growth — the Arctic Course,” international conferences on developing the Arctic shelf step by step, the Arctic’s polar routes, the mining sector of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council: looking into the future, women in social businesses: the experience of the northern regions, an exhibition-conference on the northern fuel and energy complex, the ‘Made in the Arctic’ tourist venue, Young Arctic Science week, and others.

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