Russia claiming the UN for Arctic Shelf Expansion
On February 9, Russia plans to send another request to the UN to expand the continental shelf in the Arctic.
The UN Commission Consideration of the Russian claim could take from three to five years. The Commission also forecast that the site resources, claimed by Russia, may have 4.9 billion tons of fuel.
The 40th session of the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf is held from 1 February to 18 March. According to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea , ratified by the Russian Federation in 1997, states have the right to establish an exclusive economic zone of 200 miles from the coastline. In case of continuation of the shelf beyond these limits, the country can expand its borders to 350 miles. Within these limits, the state gains control over resources, including oil and gas. The Convention is approved by 155 countries, including most of the maritime developed countries, except the United States.