Stefan Löfven is Prime Minister of Sweden. Photo: Kristian Pohl / Regeringskansliet

Sweden’s PM Löfven up for Arctic talks with Putin

Sustainable development is on the agenda when Prime Minister Stefan Löfven travels to Russia’s Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg in April.
March 26, 2019

Löfven’s office on Tuesday informed about the decision to participate at the high-profile Arctic Forum conference where Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö are coming.

Russian President Vladmir Putin will have bilateral meeting with the Swedish Prime Minister at the event.

“The Government is pursuing an active policy in this region, especially in matters related to climate change, and the conference provides an important opportunity for political dialogue with Russia and other participating countries on environmental issues and other Arctic issues,” a statement from the Swedish Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday reads.

Arctic Forum takes place on April 9-10. 

Sweden is currently chairing the Barents Council and it is expected that Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will travel to the bi-annual Barents Ministerial to take place in northern Sweden this autumn. Meanwhile, the Nordic Foreign Ministers and Russia’s Lavrov will meet in May in Rovaniemi, Finland, for the Arctic Council Ministerial. 

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