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MOSCOW, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia may create a multi-discipline research and development center on the Svalbard archipelago in Norway to study climate change, Russian Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy said on Thursday after a meeting devoted to preparing a new program for the Antarctic exploration.
He noted that the center would be constructed under the subprogram for the organization and support of research activities in the Antarctic, launched in 2013. The Education Ministry, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Finance Ministry, the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring and the Russian Academy of Sciences were charged with implementing the program.
Donskoy said the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment would be the main coordinator of the project.