EU lawmakers push for more visibility in the Arctic — and a stronger response to Russia and China

The European Union should ally itself closer with its allies in Asia and North America to counter Chinese and Russian actions in the Arctic, key members of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee have said.

“We’re calling for greater European visibility in the region, more coordination at EU level and cooperation with partners committed to peaceful collaboration and freedom of navigation,” Anna Fotyga, a Polish member of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee said last week after it recommended that the full legislature call for the Arctic to be given a higher priority in EU foreign policy.

Fotyga, who was responsible for drafting the legislative proposal that will now be considered by the full parliament this autumn, accused Russia of “importing tension” by requiring that ships seeking to sail on the Northern Sea Route, a waterway that passes along its Arctic coast, obtain permission to do so first.

EU lawmakers push for more visibility in the Arctic — and a stronger response to Russia and China | Nunatsiaq News

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