Putin stands for civilized interaction with environmentalist organizations
The Greenpeace action at the Prirazlomnaya oilrig jeopardized human life and health, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the third international forum, "The Arctic - Territory of Dialogue".
"Anything was possible: operators could have made a mistake and technological failures could have occurred. They created circumstances that threatened health and lives. Are such PR actions worth the possibility of such severe consequences?" Putin wondered.
"We are inclined to cooperate with all partners and all environmental organizations but we think that this work should be civilized," Putin said.
"We want not just to hear but also to listen to one another and take the necessary measures for environmental protection," the head of state said.
Not a single Russian company carrying out shelf projects has ever reported serious accidents, he said. "I hope they never will. That is because we are using the newest technologies," Putin said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked Arctic states to pay attention to the conservation of rare wildlife species, including walruses.