... With Canada and Russia being the two largest Arctic powers, Russia having some 40 plus ice breakers (in comparison to Canada’s 15), and Russia’s swift development of its northern infrastructure, interaction between the two nations is unavoidable. Ukraine Crisis or not, Russia is looking to move forward in the Arctic. It would be best for Canada to constructively join them at the table. The recent posting of Alison LeClaire, Senior Arctic Official and Director General of Circumpolar Affairs, as Canadian Ambassador to Russia is a great first step. It signalizes ...
... partnership with the Canadian Forces College.
Day One will be devoted to understanding and exploring the causes of, and potential practical solutions to Russia-West conflict and tensions, in both the Eastern Europe and Syrian theatres.
Day Two will explore Arctic geopolitical, economic, environmental and scientific futures, and will examine practical avenues for Canada-Russian forward cooperation in the Arctic.
The Russian International Affairs Council will be represented at the conference by Andrey Kortunov,...
The US space agency has forked out $490m for six seats for its astronauts to get to the ISS on board one of the Russian Federal Space Agency's (Roscosmos) Soyuz spacecraft. Nasa's space shuttles were stopped in 2011 as the organisation set about sending its astronauts to the ISS on board privately developed spacecrafts like SpaceX. However, a shortfall in funding from the US Congress has meant the space agency is down about a billion dollars on what it requested since 2011. As a result, the first...
, May 22, 2014). Third, the Northern and Arctic problems are too important on both countries’ economic development and international agendas to be impacted long-term.
According to Canadian experts, Ottawa is reasonably reserved within the Arctic Council, in order to prevent the Ukraine issue from having an excessive influence on its deliberations (
, 04/09/2014) and there is therefore hope that the abrupt cooling in relations will not last long.
. Canada had been a French colony until 1763.
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