A member of the USARC evaluated the effectiveness of the scientific cooperation between the US and Russia in the Arctic

MOSCOW, 13 Dec — RIA Novosti. The United States and Russia can better work in the field of scientific research in the Arctic region, said a member of the Commission of the Arctic research of the United States (USARC) David Benton.

“The only thing we cooperate well, but could work more effectively is a scientific research activity”, — said on Thursday the Commissioner USARC Benton Agency Sputnik on the sidelines of the conference “International cooperation in the Arctic: new challenges, new vectors of development” in Moscow.

The Commissioner explained that in 2013 the US and Russia decided to work on a research program in the Chukchi sea with the participation of Russian and American research vessels, but funding for this has not yet been found.

“But it’s really a great opportunity for US to reinforce our ability to work with each other, so scientists have been working together on a very practical level,” said Benton.

Conference “International cooperation in the Arctic: new challenges, new vectors of development”, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Arctic Council, held in Moscow on 12-13 October.

The Arctic Council, an intergovernmental “high-level forum” for cooperation of the Arctic States to coordinate their actions to ensure sustainable development of the region, protection of the environment, preservation of culture, traditions and languages of indigenous peoples of the North.

The Council was established on 19 September 1996 in Ottawa (Canada) the eight Arctic States: Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia, USA, Finland and Sweden.