RUSSIA CLAIMS MUCH OF THE ARCTIC

Aug 04, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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Russia’s new gambit for a vast area of Arctic territory – including the North Pole – has backed Canada into a corner in future negotiations over the icy region.

Moscow revealed a revised international submission today – and is claiming 1.2 million square kilometres of the Arctic shelf.

Russia, Canada, the U.S., Denmark and Norway are working with the United Nations to define jurisdictional boundaries in the Arctic – an area  thought to hold as much as a quarter of the planet’s undiscovered gas and oil.

Late in 2013, Ottawa ordered officials to rewrite Canada’s Arctic claim – to include the North Pole.

More survey work is also taking place this summer before the feds submit the document.

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