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Russian President Vladimir Putin is making an astonishing bid to grab a vast chunk of the Arctic - so he can tap its vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth. His scientists claim an underwater ridge near the North Pole is really part of Russia's continental shelf.
The U.S. and Canada have expressed shock.
A UN convention says none can claim jurisdiction over the Arctic seabed because the geological structure does not match the surrounding continental shelves. But Russian scientists have returned from a six-week mission on a nuclear ice-breaker to claim that the 1,220-mile long underwater Lomonosov Ridge is geologically linked to the Siberian continental platform - and similar in structure.
President Vladimir Putin has long promised to restore Russian greatness and build an "energy empire." But until now, his empire-building had been confined to taking control of corporations operating on his turf, buying into businesses abroad, and blackmailing former Soviet Republics who dared vote against Moscow-backed candidates, moved to join NATO or acted in otherwise uppity ways. But Putin's imperial ambitions have recently added an element of classic 19th century-style territorial expansion.
On the morning of January 7 this year, the rotor blades of a Russian Mi-8 helicopter shattered the divine silence at the opposite end of the Earth, disgorging a group of top Russian dignitaries led by none other than FSB (the former KGB) Director Nikolai Patrushev, to proudly rais the Russian flag over the South Pole. At the time, it might have looked like a stunt. But back in 2004, Patrushev landed at the North Pole in much the same fashion. Stay tuned.
Originally posted by iskander
To do that, we first have to establish what exactly “Lomonosov” and “Murmanks” mean.
Does it sound Finnish, or English for that matter?
Why those areas were named that?
Neither of the names are not Finnish or English, Murmansk is the name of the Russian port the expeditions originated. It has been a Russian city as long as it has existed.
Lomonosov is a Russian Name, the ridgeline is named after Mikhail Lomonosov, (1711-1765), a polymath and writer of Imperial Russia.
Originally posted by Implosion
You know what I don't understand about all of this? There is no land at the north pole.
Sure, there is plenty of ice, but no land. Wouldn't this qualify it as International waters?
President Putin contends that his scientists claim an underwater ridge near the North Pole is really part of Russia's continental shelf and that the 1,220-mile long underwater Lomonosov Ridge is geologically linked to the Siberian continental platform - and similar in structure. www.dailymail.co.uk...
MOSCOW: An increasingly assertive Russia has declared the Mediterranean a zone of its strategic interests and vowed to set up a permanent naval presence in the region.
“The operational reach of the [Russian Black Sea] fleet covers the Black Sea and the Mediterranean up to the Atlantic Ocean in the region where Europe, Asia and Africa converge,” Russia’s Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Masorin said.
“This entire zone of operation can by right be described as an area of Russia’s strategic interests.” He stressed the need for Russia to re-establish permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean “to advance its foreign policy priorities”.
Canada will build two new military facilities in the Arctic in a move to assert sovereignty over the contested region. Prime Minister said Canada will install a new army training centre and a deepwater port.
He made the announcement in Resolute Bay, Nunavut - about 595 kilometers south of the North Pole - just a week after Russia symbolically staked a claim to the North Pole by sending submarines.