The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry will open new integrated rescue centers in the Arctic before the end of 2015, Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said.

"Three integrated rescue centers are already operating in Naryan-Mar, Arkhangelsk and Dudinka to respond to emergency situations here [in the Arctic zone]. They are fully equipped with hardware and technologies for operations in the northern latitudes. We plan to carry on this work in an energetic manner. Similar centers will be created in seven districts of the Arctic zone before the end of 2015," the minister said in an interview published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Tuesday.

He noted that the ministry did not forecast an increase in emergency situations in the Arctic in 2014.

"The new year will be calmer, according to our estimates. The creation of an integrated security system continues in the Russian Arctic. The Arctic zone will be solidly protected by firefighting and rescue units and an aviation force, which will support all Russian economic projects in the region and protect people. The north is no place for jokes," the minister concluded.

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