The Barents Euro-Arctic Region (BEAR) is the name of the new institutional arrangement established for the promotion of normalised relationships between Russia and the Nordic countries.2 The aim of the BEAR includes contributing to social, economic and environmental development in the north-west of Russia, as this is seen as a prerequisite for political stability. The idea was launched by the Norwegian Foreign Minister in April 1992, and the region was established through a conference of foreign ministers in Kirkenes, Norway, in January 1993.
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