The sanctions of the Western countries against Russia did not affect cooperation between the Russian Geographical Society and similar organizations in other countries, President of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in his interview with Russian local media, ONA reports citing ITAR-TASS.
"Thank God, there are no sanctions here. Still, there are personal contacts, which started in the Soviet era, between scientists, researchers, travelers and all those who are interested in our country and want to study it," Shoigu said.
He noted that the RGS has traditional friends - all those who have always been interested in cooperation with Russia and the Russian Geographical Society.
"Today, we have good relations with France and excellent relations with China. The Geographical Dictation was one of the last major projects, which involved 99 countries. Not every academic competition can boast it, you know what I mean," the RGS president stressed.
In 2014, the European Union and the U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia in light of events in Ukraine and repeatedly extended and prolonged them.