Foreign Ministry: Moscow is watching the character of statements of the USA on the Arctic theme

Moscow is closely following the character and thrust of the statements by the United States on Arctic topics, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Ambassador at large of the MFA of Russia Nikolay Korchunov.

"We carefully monitor the nature and direction of the official statements of Washington for the Arctic theme. In General, the administration of Donald trump continues to emphasize the special role of the US in Northern Affairs, imposing their own approaches. It seeks to prevent the growing influence in the region "opponents" and counts with the support of allies to strengthen its position in the issue of development of Northern resources," said Korchunov.

At the same time, the diplomat said, Moscow is in favour of the logic of pragmatism in the Arctic cooperation, including in relations with the United States.

"We, in turn, against the backdrop of ongoing anti-Russian campaign in the United States continue to work actively in solving the problems of the Arctic in favour of the logic of pragmatism in the Arctic cooperation, including at the bilateral level, we note the need to further strengthen collective approaches. We are critical of the attempts of securitization of the region, which should not replace the agenda of sustainable development in the region and strengthening partnership and cooperation between the Arctic States," - said the diplomat.

Earlier, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo during his visit to Denmark, said that the Americans "a little late" to the party in the Arctic, but it is fixable and they will succeed.

The full text of the interview is available on the website ria.ru at 11:00 GMT.