Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says he has signed a government decree consolidating the Russian border on the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk.
"I want also to tell you that I have signed a decree consolidating the Russian border on the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk. What does it mean? It means that we can manage our shelf, and there is a huge source of commodities, a huge source of energy there," he said.
Medvedev stressed special importance of the document, which, as he said, had been adopted following consultations with the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) and agreed upon with the neighboring countries, including Japan. As a result, the size of Russia's shelf has grown by more than 50,000 square kilometers.
In keeping with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea signed in Montego Bay on December 10, 1982, coastal countries set the limits of their continental shelf based on the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf\'s recommendations and by depositing copies of adjusted charts and other information describing the changing of the shelf\'s limits with the UN Secretary-General. The limits set this way are final and mandatory for all.
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