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West environmen­t talks ‘derail’ projects

- | Sputnik

MOSCOW: The West uses the environmen­t topic as a shield to justify its attempts to derail Russia’s strategic projects in the Arctic, Russian Security Council First Deputy Secretary Yury Averyanov said in an interview with Sputnik, noting that Western environmen­tal experts who furiously protest Russia’s operation in the region do not say a single word about other countries.

When asked whether competitor­s could be “squeezed out” of economical­ly attractive Arctic territorie­s under the pretext of nature protection, Averyanov noted that such a danger exists.

“We see that Western countries are increasing­ly turning ecological and environmen­tal issues into an instrument of pressure and unfair competitio­n,” Averyanov explained.

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