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"We are going to the Arctic seriously and for a long time"
Anton VasilyevAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Iceland
What is usually hinted at in the media when talking about disputes is the question of our application for the extension of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean and similar applications from Canada and Denmark. In 2001, we were not satisfied with the application, saying that there was not enough scientific justification. We have done a lot of research work during this time and are preparing an updated application. The same is done by both the Danes and Canadians. And since no formal applications have yet been made, it is difficult to talk about contradictions. On this score, there is a general political agreement. In 2008, a declaration was signed between the 5 Arctic states in the Greenlandic Ilulisate, the key point of which is that possible cross-cutting demands in the Arctic between these countries should be resolved through negotiations on the basis of the existing international legal framework. And the main element of the base is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 year. While all states are true to this agreement and observe it.
In addition, stations for electronic surveillance of the Arctic expanses and entire military towns were abandoned since Soviet times. And it's great that, for example, now life on the Novosibirsk islands begins to boil. Aerodromes are being restored. This is vitally important for us, because we are going to the Arctic seriously and for a long time.