MOSCOW, June 21 (Itar-Tass) - President Vladimir Putin has congratulated participants in the 58th Russian Antarctic Expedition on the occasion of the Day of Austral Winter Solstice.
“This day is observed by participants in all the national /Antarctic/ research programs united by the Antarctic Treaty,” says the presidential telegram uploaded on the Kremlin’s official website. “This document that was signed more than fifty years ago declared by entire ice-capped continent to be a zone of peace and international research cooperation.”
“Today the Russian Antarctic researchers are faced with serious pressing tasks that proceed from the Strategy of the Russian Federation’s activity in Antarctica, the biggest of which is a noticeable buildup of Russian scientists’ presence in the region and the assimilation of upgraded technologies for the studies of geological and climatic specificity of the sixth continent and for implementing other large-scale projects.
“I’d like to stress the momentousness and importance of your cause and a huge contribution to the strengthening of international cooperation and the spirit of genuine good-neighborliness,” the telegram said.
Putin pointed out the dedicated work done by the expedition members, adding the expedition members set an example of commitment to their professional duties and to the interests of the motherland.