dpa Stockholm Venezuela's long-running crisis loomed over private talks between the top diplomats from Russia and the US on Monday on the sidelines of an Arctic Council
meeting in northern Finland.
Speaking at a meeting of the Arctic Council
in Finland on Monday, Pompeo launched a broadside against the US' competitors in the region, particularly China.
Foreign ministers from the eight Arctic council
countries, including Russia and the United States, ended today's meeting in northern Finland without accepting a joint declaration, BTA reported."This is an organization where all decisions are based on consensus, decisions must be unanimous," Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini, who chaired the meeting, told reporters.,,I do not point and blame anyone.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - who will give a speech at the Arctic Council
meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 6 - rejecting a role for China in shaping Arctic policy.
The meeting on the sidelines of an Arctic Council
session in Rovaniemi, Finland, was confirmed Friday by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and came just days after a phone call between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Over the past decade, the Arctic Council
(AC) has evolved into the pre-eminent international forum for addressing Arctic issues.
The Arctic Council
is a group of eight nations--Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States--that have sovereignty over the lands within the Arctic Circle.
The Finnish chairmanship of the Arctic Council
, the region's main intergovernmental forum, began last May with a focus on sustainable development.
The Arctic Council
, he said, will continue to be an important platform as the Trump administration deliberates.
From Washington, Lavrov is expected to go to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he will take part in a ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council
. He visit to the U.S.
"Together, these actions set the stage for deeper partnerships with other Arctic nations, including through the Arctic Council