According to the country’s Ministry of Natural Resources, the 50th session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf resulted in the approval of key points in the Russian submission to the UN body.
The Commission agrees that the Lomonosov Ridge, the Medeleev Ridge, as well as the Podvodnikov Basin, are underwater plateaus and natural extensions of the Russian shelf, the Ministry informs.
The Commission session took place in the period 1 July to 16 August 2019. In the first part of that period did the sub-commission that handles the Russian submission assemble. The Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Minister Denis Khramov and included representatives of the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, as well as several research institutes.
The natural resource ministry has not responded to a request from the Barents Observer for additional information.
If the Commission decides fully in Russia’s favor, the country will be able to claim sovereignty over 1.2 million square kilometers of Arctic sea shelf that extends more than 350 nautical miles (about 650 kilometers) from the shore.
Øystein Jensen, an expert on the Law of the Sea at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, agrees it would be a major development.( Collapse )