On September 6–7, 2023, representatives of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Roshydromet visited the NAS of Belarus. The delegation includes Alexander Klepikov, Advisor to the Director for International Cooperation of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Roshydromet, Pavel Lunyov, Head of the Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE) of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Roshydromet, Andrey Mirakin, Chief Specialist of the logistics center of the RAE. The purpose of the visit is to review the implementation in 2022–2023 of the action plan for the implementation of the Agreement on Cooperation in Antarctica between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Russian Federation. Plans for scientific and logistical cooperation for 2023–2024 were discussed. The focus was also on the discussion of issues related to the conduct of the 16th Belarusian Antarctic Expedition (BAE).
On September 7, 2023, the Russian guests held talks with Alexander Kilchevsky, Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the NAS of Belarus, took part in a meeting of the bilateral working group to discuss the results of the provisions implementation of the Agreement on Cooperation in Antarctica between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Russian Federation in 2022–2023, as well as in an expanded meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission of the Republic of Belarus on Antarctica. Logistical issues related to the delivery of cargo and members of the Belarusian Antarctic Expedition in the 2023–2024 season were discussed.
Belarusian scientists expressed gratitude to their Russian colleagues for their constant assistance and told about plans to send the 16th BAE in November this year, about further development of the Belarusian station, scientific content of new programs. In turn, the Russian colleagues expressed their intention to continue to support the Belarusian side in the study of the ice continent, up to the transition to year-round wintering.
The guests visited the permanent exhibition Achievements of Science for Production, where they were interested in many developments. Among them are special plastics that protect against ultraviolet radiation, technologies for cleaning territories from pollution, methods of meteorological forecasting. In general, everything that can be useful in Antarctic research.