April 4th, 2019

Russia has the right to a continental shelf in the Arctic

The UN Sub-Commission recognized the geographical identity of part of the Arctic as a continuation of the continental shelf of the Russian Federation. This was announced by the head of the Federal Subsoil Use Agency (Rosnedra) Yevgeny Kiselev.

"In the framework of the work carried out by Rosnedra and the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation this year, in particular, materials were prepared at the sessions of the UN subcommittee that will enable the 49th session of the subcommission to make a decision that is extremely important for us. The subcommission stated that the territories belong to which we include in the extended borders of the continental shelf, to the structures of the continuation of the shelf and the continent of the Russian Federation. This is the most important statement that to some extent determines the success of our application ", - said Iselle, speaking on board Rosnedra. He also added that I am now awaiting a decision on the application in the next two to three sessions of the subcommittee, the head of department said.

Recall that Russia has defended its right to the shelf since 2001, when it was the first among the world powers to file an application with the UN Commission on the Law of the Sea to extend the borders of the shelf beyond the 200-mile economic zone. However, the application was rejected "due to lack of evidence."

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