Magazine article Europe-East

Region Becoming a Bone of Contention between Eu and Russia

Magazine article Europe-East

Region Becoming a Bone of Contention between Eu and Russia

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One of the EU's most important strategic relationships concerning the Arctic is with Russia. As the region's climate changes, the potential for both cooperation and conflict is set to increase. New issues involving natural resources, transport routes and territory may surface as both the EU and Russia seek to assert their interests. The European Commission and the high representative for foreign affairs have pointed out that changes in the Arctic can have potential consequences for European security and international stability.

Currently, Russia is the only country with which the EU organises two summits a year, highlighting the importance of the relationship. Russia is also the EU's third main trading partner, while the Union ranks as Russia's largest. Both are active partners in the Northern Dimension, which includes Iceland and Norway. The partnership increasingly focuses on issues in North-West Russia, but also covers the European Arctic, Sub-Arctic and the Southern shores of the Baltic Sea. It seeks to ensure that no dividing lines become established in Northern Europe between members of the Northern Dimension. This is also the regional expression of the EU-Russia common spaces and is used to achieve objectives of specific relevance to the North on issues such as the environment, indigenous peoples and health.

Despite cooperation within this framework, the EU has concerns about an assertive Russia in the Arctic. …

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