Rus­sia plans ex­ten­sive re­search pro­gram to sup­port claim to Arc­tic Sea re­sources

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - World -

MOSCOW (AP) — Rus­sia is plan­ning ex­ten­sive re­search to sup­port its claim to a broad swath of en­ergy-rich ter­ri­tory be­neath the Arc­tic Sea, a top of­fi­cial of the na­tion’s ice­breaker fleet said Fri­day.

Ice­break­ers will lead re­search ves­sels into the Arc­tic in a se­ries of mis­sions over the next three years to con­duct a detailed ge­o­log­i­cal anal­y­sis of the seabed, said An­drei Smirnov, deputy di­rec­tor for op­er­a­tions at state-run Atom­flot.

Moscow claims a large part of the Arc­tic seabed as its own, ar­gu­ing that it is an ex­ten­sion of Rus­sia’s con­ti­nen­tal shelf. In 2007, sci­en­tists staked a sym­bolic claim by dropped a can­is­ter con­tain­ing the Rus­sian flag onto the seabed from a small sub­ma­rine.

The U.S., Canada, Den­mark and Nor­way have also been try­ing to as­sert ju­ris­dic­tion over parts of the Arc­tic, which is be­lieved to con­tain as much as a quar­ter of the Earth’s undis­cov­ered oil and gas.

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