ON THE JOINT STATEMENT OF RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN AND FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC DEDICATED TO ARCTIC RESEARCH
In connection with the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Jacques Chirac adopted a joint statement on Arctic research.
The statement reads in part:
"Russia and France believe that the protection of the 'indigenous peoples of the Planet' is an important component part of the policy for sustainable development and environment protection, to which both countries attach special importance.
"Noting with satisfaction the development of the State Polar Academy of St. Petersburg, to which new premises were assigned on the eve of the St. Petersburg 300th anniversary celebrations, Russian and French authorities note their commitment to the continuation of the cooperation begun.
"They express their support to the State Polar Academy, on the Russian side, and to the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences - the Center of Arctic Research and the National Museum of Natural History - the Jean Malaurie Polar Foundation, on the French side, in their striving to develop scientific and university exchanges and thus contribute to the creation of a common space in the field of higher education and scientific research between Russia and France.
"Russia and France likewise attach very great importance to the implementation of the personnel training programs for Russia's Far North on the basis of the Polar Academy with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. These programs are an integral part of the privileged partnership which both countries exercise in the field of administrative cooperation and state reform."