Rus­sia ex­pands shelf in Sea of Okhotsk: PM

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The Rus­sian gov­ern­ment on Satur­day pub­lished a de­cree ex­pand­ing its con­ti­nen­tal shelf in the Sea of Okhotsk, putting into law last year’s U.N. de­ci­sion to grant the ter­ri­tory to Moscow.

The move was agreed with the U.N. Com­mis­sion on the Lim­its of the Con­ti­nen­tal Shelf and Rus­sia’s neigh­bors, in­clud­ing Ja­pan, Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev said in re­marks made while vis­it­ing the Kuril is­lands.

“I have signed a de­cree that sets the Rus­sian bor­der on the Okhotsk Sea con­ti­nen­tal shelf,” he was quoted by Rus­sian agen­cies as say­ing.

“This means that we can de­velop our shelf where there are vast sources of raw ma­te­ri­als, vast energy de­posits.

“As a re­sult our shelf got 50,000 square kilo­me­ters (19,000 square miles) larger,” he said.

The de­cree set­ting the area as Rus­sia’s eco­nomic zone, which was posted on the gov­ern­ment’s web­site on Satur­day, is dated Aug. 15.

Un­der in­ter­na­tional law, a coun­try has ex­clu­sive eco­nomic rights over the con­ti­nen­tal shelf within a 200-nau­ti­cal-mile (370-kilo­me­ter) ra­dius from its coast.

Rus­sia has been claim­ing its eco­nomic right over large parts of the con­ti­nen­tal shelf, and ear­lier this month filed a sub­mis­sion at the U.N. com­mis­sion for some 1.2 mil­lion square kilo­me­ters of the Arc­tic shelf, in­clud­ing the North Pole.

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