LAVROV: RATIFICATION OF BERING SEA AGREEMENT WITH U.S

LAVROV: RATIFICATION OF BERING SEA AGREEMENT WITH U.S. POSSIBLE AFTER FISHING AGREEMENT SIGNING

MOSCOW, December 17 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian-U.S. Bering Sea agreement can only be ratified upon conclusion of a bilateral fishing agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Signed in 1991, the Bering Sea agreement with the United States has not been ratified. It has to be complemented by a fishing agreement. The talks are difficult but fishermen say this is possible”, the foreign minister said at the session of the Russian Marine Board.

This is a ministerial priority in Russia’s maritime activity, he said.

Another priority is ensuring navigation for Russian vessels in the world ocean.

“There are problems for the passage of Russian ships through international straits. Foreign countries give much attention to navigational and environmental safety, using them as a pretext for limitations,” Sergei Lavrov said.

“Environmental safety is environmental safety but it is often motivated by the desire to prevent competition from our carriers. We will firmly oppose attempts at artificially raising the problem, but we also have to take trends in environmental management into account,” he said.

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