2019 April 10

(Russian President Vladimir Putin - On environmentally friendly shipping )

- What is vitally important in my opinion, and here I agree with Sauli (President of Finland Sauli Niinistö-Ed.), is the conversion of ships to more environmentally friendly types of fuel. First of all, I mean gas fuel, especially for ships operating in northern and Arctic seas. That is of utmost importance and that is absolutely obvious. Shipbuilding and shipping companies should be encouraged towards using such types of transport and fuel.

... What causes warming (climate warming – Ed.) is still not absolutely clear and its connection with uncontrolled emissions or more global causes is a question. Yet, it won't hurt if we reduce anthropogenic emissions and Russia undertakes such obligations.

Recorded at the 5th International Arctic Forum ‘The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’