Friday, April 18, 2014

Moscow to submit Arctic shelf claim to UN in fall - Russian official

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The Russian Natural Resources Ministry is planning to submit a claim to the UN this autumn to extend the country's Arctic shelf, Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoi said Friday.

"Our experts have been gathering evidence for the past decade. The fact that the Sea of Okhotsk was recognized as a Russian inland sea in March was a very significant breakthrough," the minister said.

"The success of the Sea of Okhotsk bid is an important precedent that will factor in the decision on Russia's next claim to extend its continental Arctic shelf," he explained.

Moscow filed its claim to a part of the Artic continental shelf including the Lomonosov and Mendeleev Ridges in 2011, but the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf said that it needed further scientific backing.

Scientists have to prove that the underwater ridges are extensions of the Eurasian continent, thus linked to Russia's territory..........[]


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