Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Arctic Council Nikolai Korchunov said that cooperation between Russia and China in the Arctic is of a non-military nature, and the statements of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are untenable.
This is reported RIA News.
“Interaction between Russia and China in the Arctic is purely peaceful, non-military. First of all, we are talking about cooperation in the economic, investment, scientific and technical, scientific, and educational fields. The involvement of the military alliance in the issues of economic and humanitarian cooperation of other countries is of serious concern and creates risks for the sustainable development of the region,” Korchunov said.
He noted that the volume of China’s investment cooperation with other Arctic countries, including the United States, Canada and Denmark, “in a number of areas exceeds the indicators of its cooperation with Russia in the Arctic. This once again confirms the inconsistency of the mentioned statements of the NATO Secretary General.
The diplomat also said that the British military presence in the Arctic is provocative and increases military tensions there.