Visitors to Russia are used to toasts to eternal peace and international co-operation. In the Arctic, Russia might just mean it.

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Visitors to Russia are used to toasts to eternal peace and international co-operation. In the Arctic, Russia might just mean it. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was the star turn at yesterday’s international conference in Moscow dominated by the mantra of Arctic dialogue and working together. “If you stand alone, you cannot survive”, as Putin put it.

Better known for street language than flights of oratory, Russia’s former and possible future president managed a positively JFK turn of phrase arguing that “the price of the Arctic is much higher than the billions of oil and gas which we can extract from the region”. He almost sounded soft.

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