"We are planning to increase the Russian scientific presence in the Arctic region: about 100 comprehensive expeditions will be conducted annually by 2031 under optimal conditions," Donskoi told RIA Novosti.
He added that Russia intended to deploy nine new research vessels in the region and to modernize existing Arctic meteorological stations, as well as build new ones by 2031.
Russia has been pressing ahead with efforts to develop its Arctic territories, including hydrocarbon production and the development of the Northern Sea Route. The country has also boosted its military presence in the area to ensure its defense capabilities in the region.
Russia to Continue Research in Antarctica Despite Financial Hardship
Russia will continue its scientific work in Antarctica despite financial difficulties, Donskoi said.
"We have been recently facing financial difficulties… I hope that funding for Lake Vostok and our [Vostok] station in Antarctica will be found, so that the research there will not be suspended," the minister told RIA Novosti.
In 2012, Russian polar explorers were the first to collect water samples from the lake to identify and study the organisms that inhabit the lake.
Russian scientists have also obtained unique data on the Earth's climate over the last half a million years by drilling wells in thick glaciers at the Vostok station.