Russland varsler at det vil legge inn krav om at større deler av havbunnen i Arktis tilhører Russland. Kravet skal overleveres FN på slutten av året og kan komme i konflikt med interessene til feks. Norge.

The Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei quoted Natural Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev as telling it in an interview that Russia would submit its claim with the United Nations this year.

«We can hardly start the economic exploitation of this territory, which is beyond Russia’s borders, without the agreement of other countries, without the agreement of the UN,» the station quoted Trutnev as saying.

«The scientists think that the data for submitting a claim is sufficient. We will fight for Russia’s right to this plot.»

Moscow’s bid is part of a race with Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States to control the giant reserves of oil, gas and precious metals that would become more accessible if global warming shrinks the ice cap.

Russian officials say the Lomonosov ridge, a vast underwater mountain range that runs underneath the Arctic, is an extension of the Siberian continental shelf.

A Russian expedition to the depths under the North Pole this August took samples of the seabed and planted a Russian flag to symbolically stake the Kremlin’s claim.

Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States all have territory within the Arctic Circle, and have a 200-mile economic zone around the north of their coastlines.

Under the United Nations Law of the Sea treaty, any state with an Arctic coastline that wishes to stake a claim to a greater share of the Arctic must lodge its submission with the U.N.’s Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

Russia to file Arctic claim to U.N. this year: report

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