Russia mentioned on Tuesday it has resubmitted a declare to the United Nations for some 1.2 million sq. km of the Arctic shelf, a drive to safe extra of the mineral-rich area the place different international locations have rival territorial pursuits.
The Russian economic system is overwhelmingly reliant on pure sources and the Arctic’s estimated enormous oil and gasoline reserves are anticipated to change into extra accessible as local weather change melts and ice and expertise advances.
This prospect has attracted different nations, together with Norway, the US, Canada and Denmark whereas worldwide vitality corporations are planning giant drilling campaigns.
“The Russian bid covers underwater space of some 1.2 million sq. km extending for greater than 350 nautical miles from the coast,” the Russian Overseas Ministry mentioned in an announcement.
“An unlimited array of scientific knowledge collected throughout a few years of Arctic analysis serves to justify Russia’s rights to this space.”
The Arctic rush carries appreciable local weather dangers, campaigners say. Greenpeace, which is looking for a protected sanctuary within the uninhabited space across the North Pole, mentioned on Tuesday Russia’s transfer was “ominous”.