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OTTAWA — Russian President Vladimir Putin is disputing Canada’s claim to the North Pole.
A day after Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed Canada is extending its Arctic territorial claim beyond the area mapped by federal scientists, Putin responded with a highly visible message to the Russian military.
In televised comments at a meeting of military officials, Putin said Russia needs to have “every lever” to protect its security and national interests in the high Arctic.
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Also a lot of Russian Nuclear waste as well. They use it as their dumping ground.
Santa better check his compass, because the North Pole is shifting—the north magnetic pole, that is, not the geographical one. Over the past century the pole has moved 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) from Arctic Canada toward Siberia
2nd The North Pole sits in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, on water that is almost always covered with ice. The ice is about 2-3 meters (6-10 feet) thick. The depth of the ocean at the North Pole is more than 4,000 meters (13,123 feet).
Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a nation can claim up to 200 nautical miles of seabed beyond its territorial markers. A country can demand 350 nautical miles if it can prove a natural extension of its land area. The UN requires comprehensive mapping evidence to justify any declaration of rights.
And no we don't need to cry to our neighbour for help on this one. But I'm sure it's always welcome.