CHICAGO (Sputnik) — According to Antonov, the relations between the US and Russian scientists may "serve to cement the base for the rapprochement of the two countries."
Meanwhile, Antonov stressed that RASA-USA is a good example of how science and education remain out of politics.
Dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the US-Russian chemist and NWU professor Vladimir Ipatieff, this year the conference of the Russian American Science Association (RASA-USA) is being held for the eighth time. About 200 representatives of the scientific diaspora, Russian universities, as well as participants from Skolkovo, Skoltech, Rusnano, and Rusal, are taking part in the event.
Russian cosmonaut and the commander of Expedition 53/54 Alexander Misurkin has addressed the members of the conference from the board of the International Space Station via video link.
Valery Fokin opens 2017 RASA-USA honoring Vladimir Ipatieff; welcome Alexander Misurkin at ISS, NWU VP Jay Walsh, Ambassador Anatoly Antonov pic.twitter.com/A5I30j9gTv— Alexander Kabanov (@alkabanov) 4 ноября 2017 г.
"I sincerely wish you to hold this conference very well and with passion and humor. I want to wish you great success in your scientific and social activities, strong health, happiness, and harmony. Thank you, all, " Misurkin said, adding that he had an opportunity to meet the members of the Association personally in 2016.
RASA-USA is an international non-profit non-governmental organization aimed at preserving and improving the common intellectual and cultural space of the Russian-speaking academic community, according to its website.