The President of Russia, Vladiminir Putin said that“Russia is striving unfailingly to consolidate collaboration with the states of the Arctic region. I am convinced that, only together, we will be able to turn the Arctic into a territory of peace, stability and partnership. The current meeting’s topic ‘The Arctic. An Ocean of Opportunity’, reflects fully our readiness for such multifaceted, equal co-operation”, Vladimir Putin emphasised. This remark was made on the occasion of the starting of the 5th International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.