Russia submits adjusted bid to Arctic continental shelf

Russia has submitted an adjusted bid concerning the extension of the limits of the Arctic continental shelf to the Commission on the Borders of the Continental Shelf, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Aug. 4.

The Barents Sea. Source: Alamy / Legion Media

Russia has submitted an adjusted bid concerning the extension of the limits of the Arctic continental shelf to the Commission on the Borders of the Continental Shelf, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Aug. 4.

The Russian application has been adjusted bearing in mind recommendations issued by the commission.

"The Russian bid includes underwater spaces with an area of approximately 1.2 million square kilometers, stretching over 350 nautical miles from the coast," the Foreign Ministry said in a comment.

The comment said that "as a foundation of the rights of Russia in this area, an enormous amount of scientific data was used. The data were collected during many years of Arctic studies".

"Filing the bid with the Commission is a significant step towards registration of Russia's rights to the continental shelf in the Arctic area, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982," the comment said.

It also said that "in conformity with the procedure rules and policies of the Commission, the Russian bid was subject to an emergency review, as a priority, thanks to the previous respective application that we originally submitted in 2002".

"And therefore, we expect that the Commission will begin examination of the Russian bid no later than in autumn 2015," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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