Russia's bid to expand Arctic boundaries might be rejected

The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf might reject the application to expand Russia's boundaries in the Arctic that Russia plans to submit this year, the chairman of the expert council of the board of the Military-Industrial Commission, Mikhail Remizov said at the Tekhnoprom-2015 forum in Novosibirsk on June 5.

The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf might reject the application to expand Russia's boundaries in the Arctic that Russia plans to submit this year, the chairman of the expert council of the board of the Military-Industrial Commission, Mikhail Remizov said at the Tekhnoprom-2015 forum in Novosibirsk on June 5.

Remizov told Interfax on the sidelines of the forum that the main reason for this supposition is the direct conflict between the applications of Russia and Denmark. "There might be a situation where ours will be rejected and then the Danish one will be approved," he said.

In addition, the "body of evidence [for the Russian application] is not 100%, and there is also confusion between geological argumentation and international law [argumentation]," Remizov said.

"Some orders have already been issued [by the Russian authorities] in this regard [if there are issues with the Russian application] but they are of a classified nature for now," Remizov said.

The current geopolitical situation also complicates the resolution of issues that require consensus, he said.

It was reported earlier that Russia still plans to submit an application this year to expand its boundaries in the Arctic. "The application will be submitted this year. The necessity of submission is quite justified, since consideration of the application will take years," Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said.

Donskoi said that Russia plans to partially include the Gakkel Ridge in the application to expand the boundaries of its continental shelf in the Arctic. For now, the claim submitted by Russia to the UN commission includes the Lomonosov Ridge, the Mendeleyev Ridge and Podvodnikov Basin.

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