Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini on Arctic Council chairmanship: « We do not know if we are headed for smooth sailing or pack ice »

Summary:
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini estimates that the vagueness of the Trump administration in climate issues will be a challenge during Finland’s term as chair of the Arctic Council. Mr Soini defends utilising the Arctic for commercial purposes as long as it is done in a sustainable way and sensitive areas are not opened up for business without thorough investigation. Mr Soini says it is difficult to estimate if the Arctic Council is headed for smooth sailing or pack ice during Finland’s chairmanship and points out that cooperation does not be in demand right now.

Media:  YLE Uutiset
Date: 14.2.2017
Journalist: Raimo Torikka
Main source: Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini

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