Speaking at today’s Barents Summit in Kirkenes, Norway, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev highlighted the importance of infrastructure development, both on land an offshore.
A financial instrument for infrastructure development must be developed and this should be an issue of discussion also at the upcoming Barents Euro-Arctic Council meeting in Finland, Medvedev said.
Medvedev underlined that cross-border traveling must be facilitated and proposed to establish a regional Barents visa-free zone.
The Russian premier said that the Barents Euro Arctic Cooperation has over its 20 years of existence been an effective instrument for regional cooperation and a good way for bridging the involved regions. He also underlined that “perspectives are good” for the future of the cooperation. (Barents Observer)