The agreement between Norway and Russia on maritime delimitation and cooperation in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean, was signed by the two countries' foreign ministers on Wednesday 15 September.
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- I am glad that we can quickly sign the agreement. It is historic that we have reached an agreement in the main outstanding issue between Norway and Russia after so many years of negotiations, says Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Russian President Dmitry Medvedjev were present during the signing, which will be undertaken by the foreign ministers Jonas Gahr Store, and Sergei Lavrov in Murmansk. In addition, the Minister of Environment and Development Erik Solheim, the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen and Secretary Erik Lahnstein (MFA) attended the signing ceremony.
The agreement will determine the maritime boundary between Norway and Russia in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean. It also contains provisions for the continuation of the fishery cooperation and cooperation on the management of the potential petroleum resources that extend over delimitation line.