Marina Kovtun has met with representatives of national and cultural autonomies, NGOs, religious denominations of the Murmansk region. She reminded that the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin considers interethnic relations to be an issue of high importance. “The major goal of authorities is the maintenance of welfare of citizens living in the Murmansk region of any nationality and faith”. As the Governor stated, ethnic and cultural variety of the Murmansk region is its wealth. It is important to protect and to multiply it as well as to treat with due care and respect. Marina Kovtun made an emphasis that Sami culture and traditions are an integral part of the regional culture. Murmansk Regional Government supports attempts of the Sami representatives to preserve and to hand over their culture to descendants.