Ruslands ambassadør til Danmark, Vladimir V. Barbin:
»The Russian side has always advocated for the preservation of the Arctic as a region of peace and cooperation, supported the efforts of the Arctic states to develop interaction with each other in various areas within the Arctic Council and other regional platforms. The military component of the Russian presence in high latitudes was formed exclusively for defensive purposes.
Russia is ready to discuss with its neighbors any aspects of ensuring stability in the Arctic. The Russian side has repeatedly noted that the previous practice of regular meetings of the Chiefs of General Staffs of the armed forces of the Arctic states was an effective security and confidence building measure in the Arctic. Such meetings allowed to avoid misinterpretation of each other’s military activity and contributed to the predictable development of the situation in the Arctic. However, judging by the statements of Ambassador C.Sands, now the United States instead of dialogue and cooperation relies exclusively on the policy of confrontation in the region, hoping thereby to achieve dominance in this part of the world.