SERPUKHOV, Moscow Region, September 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Defense Ministry is ready to adopt civil science developments, in particular anti-stress pills, for military medical support in the Arctic, the country's chief military doctor Alexander Fisun said Friday.
“Scientific research of the medical support for the military units operating in the Arctic is conducted in a number of departments of the Military Medical Academy, as well as by our experts on the Kotelny Island [in the Arctic]. Nevertheless, if our civilian counterparts are ready to provide us with ready and proven solutions, wewill very carefully consider their proposals," Fisun said.
According to Russia’s chief military doctor, Arctic military medicine is mostly focused on increasing stress-resistance and organism efficiency in low temperatures, as well as body heat regulation and temperature maintenance medications.
“We are interested in ready-for-use, well-proven technologies and civil sector products,” Fisun added.
Over the past few years, Russia has been pressing ahead with efforts aimed at the development of its northern territories, including hydrocarbon production and development of the Northern Sea Route, which is gaining traction as an alternative to traditional routes from Europe to Asia.
A number of measures have been taken to protect Russia’s interests in the Arctic amid NATO’s increased focus on the region.
In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia will build a unified network of naval facilities on its Arctic territories to host advanced warships and submarines as part of a plan to boost protection of the country’s interests and borders in the region.