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The Arctic Council cancels its scheduled meetings in Russia


Stockholm (AFP) – 04/03/2022. 10:33

Russia continues to invade Ukraine

  • The seven countries condemned the “unjustified invasion of Ukraine”.
  • The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum

After Russia invaded Ukraine; Seven of the eight member states of the Arctic CouncilaIt will not participate in the Board meetings scheduled to be held in Moscow which currently holds its rotating presidency.

Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Canada, Norway and the United States said their “representatives will not travel to Russia to attend meetings of the Arctic Council” due to Moscow’s “blatant violation” of another country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

And the countries explained in a joint statement that: “Our countries are temporarily suspending their participation in all meetings of the Council and its bodies.”

The seven countries condemned the “unjustified invasion of Ukraine” by Russia.

The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum dedicated to the problems of the Arctic region, from environmental protection to sustainable development, including the situation of indigenous peoples.

Meetings are held in the country holding the rotating presidency of the Council

In the latest developments in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned, on Friday, that the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin “.recklessIt could “directly threaten the safety of all of Europe,” after Russian forces bombed the Zaporizhia nuclear plant in central Ukraine.

“The Prime Minister has said that President Putin’s reckless actions can now threaten the safety of all of Europe,” Downing Street said in a statement, noting that Johnson would seek an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in the coming hours to discuss the issue.

And the Ukrainian emergency services announced, on Friday, that the Russian forces prevented firefighting teams from reaching the Zaporizhia nuclear plant in central Ukraine and the largest in Europe, to put out the fire that broke out in it after a Russian bombing targeted it.

The emergency services said in a statement on Facebook that “the invaders are not allowing the Ukrainian General Rescue Units to start extinguishing the fire,” noting that the fire broke out in a “training building” at the station and that one of its six reactors was currently operating.

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