Modernization of Russia's research stations in Antarctica will begin already in 2015, the Natural Resources and Ecology Ministry said.

Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoy has instructed the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet) to update the sub-program "Organization and Provision of Scientific Research in Antarctica" within a short period of time in order "to start the financing top priority measures in the modernization of the Russian stations and bases already in 2015," says the report obtained by Interfax on Thursday.

The instruction was given at a conference dedicated to the drafting of a new Antarctic research program, which was attended by representatives of the Economic Development Ministry, the Finance Ministry, the Regional Development Ministry, the Education and Science Ministry and the Oceanology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

"Representatives of the ministries, including the Russian Finance Ministry, supported the proposal of the Russian Natural Resources and Ecology Ministry and expressed their readiness to contribute to the elaboration and approval of the program within the shortest period of time," the report said.

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