The Russian government has approved an action plan to implement the strategy for the development of the Arctic, according to the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The plan contains 268 activities, the bulk of which will be implemented this and next year. Among them are creating a comfortable living environment, solving social problems, attracting new investors and stimulating industrial production.
The authorities decided to focus on improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of the Far North. In this regard, it is planned to improve the standards of medical care, support medical workers moving to the Arctic zone and provide medical organizations with air transport.
In addition, the document provides for the creation of a new system of social guarantees for northerners, uninterrupted delivery of goods to remote settlements, increasing support for investment projects implemented on the principles of public-private partnerships, and encouraging traditional crafts of indigenous peoples.
Other measures include the reconstruction of the Murmansk airport, the construction of the Naryan-Mar-Usinsk highway, the expansion of the seaports of Pevek and Sabetta, as well as the creation of the necessary infrastructure and equipment and the conduct of geological exploration in the region.
The strategy for the development of the Arctic zone until 2035, as well as the Fundamentals of State Policy in the Arctic, was approved by the President of the Russian Federation last year.
Earlier, the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu announced the strengthening of the defense capability of our country and the protection of its national interests in the Arctic.