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Russia’s experience of work in Arctic attracts many countries, says official

Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Grigory Trubnikov recalled that Russia "traditionally" puts a lot of effort into this sphere

MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. Many countries are interested in using Russia’s experience of work in the Arctic, including in support of the Arctic zone’s low-numbered indigenous peoples, Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Grigory Trubnikov told TASS on Friday.

"Russia sees as basic the solution of social tasks for the Arctic’s low-numbered indigenous peoples," he said. "Traditionally, we apply many efforts in this sphere, and many countries say they would like to use Russia’s vast experience in this matter."

Russian Arctic programs were on agenda of the Second Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin on October 26. The event featured officials from the Arctic Region’s countries as well as representatives of the countries, which have interests in the Arctic, including France, Germany, Japan, China and South Korea.

"The forum participants discuss Arctic research," the Russian official continued. "Everyone seems to be interested in the problem of the global climate change and warming."

"Everyone is concerned about raising temperatures," he continued. "Many delegates have expressed big concern about the ice thawing and about the higher ocean level."

The forum’s participants voiced three major topics for further discussions, he said. Those are the global warming and the ice thawing, future of the people living in the Arctic zone, first of all the low-numbered indigenous peoples, and international cooperation in the region.

"Russia invites the international community to cooperate in joint applied and fundamental studies in the Arctic," the deputy minister said. "We focus on development of new technologies in the region, including ecology-friendly transport, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, the Earth’s remote sensing - all the technologies, which allow to develop the Arctic and keep its fragile ecological balance."

"We are very concerned about the region’s ecology safety, and here the international community should share experience and unite efforts," he said in conclusion.