Russia does not want conflict in the Arctic, said Rogozin

© Julia Petroarctic. Archival photoRussia does not want conflict in the Arctic, said Rogozin© Yulia Petrova

The Arctic should remain a zone of peace and cooperation, but Russia will insist on the affiliation of the Arctic shelf, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

«We certainly believe that this is exactly the Arctic should be a zone of peace and cooperation. There’s fresh water reserves for the entire world. It is not just our business or the Americans, Canadians, Danes, Norwegians and so on,» he said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Rogozin noted that Russia «is no conflict there to prevent, but there are certain disputes which should be conducted on the basis of Geology and the Russian position is that this shelf is continuation of our coastline».

«Therefore, we insist that this coastline should be protected in the Russian Federation. But this dispute will continue. I don’t see any problem here. They will prove their case, we own. It is rather a scientific history. The UN Commission will decide on the basis of scientific research, and not on the basis of provocation or speculation,» — said Deputy Prime Minister.

Russia in 2015 has submitted to the UN a revised application for the expansion of the boundaries of its continental shelf in the Arctic by joining the submarine Lomonosov ridge, which stretches in the direction of the North pole, and others. According to the UN Convention on the law of the sea, for the extension of the shelf it is necessary to prove the continental nature of adjacent geological structures on the ocean floor.