The discussions on the Polar region ownership have continued unabated in recent years. Arctic states continue to fight for the possibility of expanding their borders in the region. Several countries claim the disputed territory at once, which means that scientific fights are still the focus. However, while some participants in these “competitions” held serious surveys and organized long-term expeditions, others took the path of least resistance and cost.
Thus, Denmark filed separated parts of the application for the continental shelf expansion three times – in 2012, 2013 and 2014. According to the last version, the country claims to 895 thousand sq. km. of waters completely covering the Lomonosov Ridge, which the Russian Federation considers as a submarine natural prolongation of its land territory.
Danish claims on the territory south of Greenland partially overlaps with the waters claimed by Iceland (according to the 2009 application), and Canada (according to the 2013 application). In the northeast the territorial interests of Denmark face the Norwegian ones, announced in 2006.
It must be noted that some oddities were found when considering the last application of Denmark for the part of the sub-polar waters already included in the claims of other Arctic countries. The fact is that "the materials of geological surveys presented by Denmark are a copy of those held by other countries in 2007-2016."( Collapse )