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Arctic Council

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 32524, tabled on 7 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the future working of the Arctic Council without the participation of Russia.

Answered on

15 July 2022

As a State Observer to the Arctic Council, the UK strongly supported the decision of the seven other Arctic States to pause their engagement with the Russian Chairmanship of the Council as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

We will continue to engage with our Arctic State partners and Allies on issues such as climate change, and we stand ready to recommence participation in multilateral cooperation across the Arctic region when appropriate.