International cooperation
North Pole-2015 station to go international
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North Pole-2015 station to go international

The North Pole-2015 research station will have an international research team, Special Presidential Representative for Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov said during a news conference at the TASS news agency.

"The station will have an international team as two scientists from Belarus will be working there," Mr Chilingarov said adding it was likely that researchers from other countries would join it in the future.

"We are open to international cooperation, we are ready to work with all researchers in the Arctic," he stressed. The station will be manned by 20 people coming mostly from the St Petersburg Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.

"Stations like this one are Russia's opportunity to show that we are at the forefront in the Arctic. Norway and other countries are also working there now, so we must continue the program no matter what difficulties might lie ahead," Artur Chilingarov said.