“When such interest in this international route (Northern Sea Route) grows along the borders of the Russian Federation, we, as a coastal state, bear special responsibility for ensuring not only the efficiency, but also the safety of this route. It is necessary to make sure that reliable, effective control is ensured not only over the sea spaces, but also over the coast along these sea spaces, ”Lavrov said in an interview with foreign journalists from Mongolia, Japan and the PRC.
“We need a capacity to respond to any emergency situations, which, unfortunately, occur, no matter how we all are reinsured. This applies to search and rescue, the need to be prepared for terrorist threats - nowhere can you hide from these bandits, as well as the need to control possible smuggling, drug trafficking and other aspects related to organized crime. All these tasks cannot be solved without the restoration of that infrastructure, including the military, which was almost completely lost in 90-s ”,He stressed.