Russia is concerned about plans to resume the work of the Arctic Council without its participation. This was announced on June 9 by Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.
“Such a step cannot but cause concern not only for Russia, as the current chairman of the Council, but also for the entire international community interested in the further sustainable development of this region,” Antonov commented on the statement of the Western participants of the Arctic Council about the “limited” resumption of its activities without Russian participation .
According to the ambassador, all decisions that will be made at this council without the participation of the Russian Federation will not have a legal basis.
“Decisions on behalf of the Arctic Council, taken without our country, will be illegitimate and violate the principle of consensus provided for by its governing documents,” he added.
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