` Vladimir Putin Convinced Russian Experts Strong Arguments Testifying to Rights to Arctic Shelf ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 22 – Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is convinced Russian experts have found strong arguments testifying to Russia’s indisputable right to a section of 52,000 square kilometres, whose bottom is the continuation of Russia’s continental shelf.

“That is, to the section of 52,000 square kilometres whose bottom is a continuation of Russia’s continental shelf,” he said.

Putin said he was convinced Russian experts, who were guided by scientific data, found solid arguments to claim the section.

“So the commission’s plenum agreed with our arguments and made relevant recommendations,” he said.

Russian Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoy said March 15 that the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf recognized an enclave of 52,000 square kilometres (20,080 square miles) in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of Russia’s continental shelf.

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` Sea of Okhotsk in the `Far East ‘ now `Russian Continental Shelf ‘ open for Oil and Gas Exploration ‘

#AceWorldNews A UN maritime commission has confirmed that 52,000 square kilometres in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk in the Far East is now Russian continental shelf, opening the way for massive oil and gas exploration.

The enclave in the middle of the Okhotsk Sea has been recognized as part of Russia’s continental shelf in accordance with the UN Maritime Convention of 1982. So far the zone lay outside Russian jurisdiction because a part of the sea was not covered by the 200 nautical mile zone internationally recognized as area of exclusive economic interest.

“This event has effectively taken place,” Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy told journalists, stressing that the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf had made a “unanimous decision” which is “unconditional and has no retroactive effect.”

The minister said that from now on Russian laws are applied to all natural resources under the Okhotsk seabed. The new enclave that has been integrated into Russia is comparable to a territory of a European state like Switzerland, Netherlands or Slovakia.

The original application for the Okhotsk shelf was filed to the UN in 2001.

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