The don: the Russian Federation will defend the extension of the boundaries of the continental shelf, despite the skepticism of some experts

The don: the Russian Federation will defend the extension of the boundaries of the continental shelf, despite the skepticism of some experts


MOSCOW, February 7. The Ministry of natural resources intends to defend its interests in the UN to increase the boundaries of the Russian part of the continental shelf in the Arctic. Even though some experts doubt the Russian Federation submitted materials, the Ministry of environment has the potential to achieve a positive result. The head of the Ministry of ecology and natural resources Sergey Donskoy said in an interview with NTV.

Russia’s bid for an increase of the continental shelf in the Arctic will be considered by the UN in February 2016. We are talking about more than 1 million sq km of seabed. At the lowest estimates, this will allow to increase potential hydrocarbon reserves by 5 billion tons of conditional fuel. In the application it is emphasized that the Maritime border of Russia in the Arctic ocean is not part of the world ocean and continuation of the country’s territory.

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“I know that some experts in the UN Commission already skeptical about the materials that we presented. Our task is to prove. Today, we have well-prepared material with which to work and which can be proven. We will actively do,” he said.

“We are ready, I will not say that it is pitfalls, we are ready for different questions. Accordingly, we will their point of view to defend,” – said the Minister in response to the question, if he half expected pitfalls in this regard.

“The application we have the largest. Materials very much” – said Donskoy.

The Arctic circle is about 60 large hydrocarbon deposits, including 43 in the Russian sector. The total recoverable resources of the Russian Arctic are estimated at 106 billion tons of oil equivalent, gas reserves are estimated at 69.5 trillion cubic meters.

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