Traditionally, the British delegation visit Murmansk region on the 11th of November. This is the Day of Remembrance of soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in two world wars in the United Kingdom. So,the visit is dedicated to the memory of British citizens - members of the polar convoys passed on November 11th. First Deputy Governor of the Murmansk region said that now is being held an active work on identification of names of the two unknown British airmen who died in a dogfight in the Arctic in summer of 1941. He also wished that in the year of the 70th anniversary of the Victory personalities of pilots will be identified, and nameplates will appear on their graves on the Rybachii Peninsula. Martin Harris thanked the Government of the Murmansk region for support and the attention that regional authorities pay to veterans. Alexey Tukavin noted that the Murmansk region and the UK has also good business contacts in many areas, in particular as an example he told about the cooperation of the Northern Fleet and Naval Forces of the United Kingdom. There is still a high potential for bilateral trade and economic cooperation in transport and infrastructure spheres, shipbuilding and ship repair, mining and the fishing industry, the financial services market. Martin Harris said that, despite the fact that the United Kingdom is not a member of the Arctic Council, it has the status of the observer. He also informed that the socio-economic development of the Arctic region is being scrupulously considered now in the UK.

Posted by: 11 November 2014
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