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Arctic claims relate not only to the shelf

Arctic claims relate not only to the shelf

America regards the topic of environmental safety in the Arctic as its trump card, but does not understand that the Arctic states play chess.

In 2017, the United States handed over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council of Finland. The Council is a group of representatives from the states having a zone of responsibility in the Arctic, as well as from observer countries and organizations interested in the development of the region. In 2015-2017, the work of the Council was on course to achieve a balance between an economic and sustainable event, according to statements by American experts. Despite such good intentions, only very modest successes were achieved.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has not taken any action in the Arctic region since January. The theme of the North is lost on other, probably more important issues.

While the Americans are closely observing the investigation into the alleged interference of the Russian Federation in their elections, the Kremlin confidently continues to deal with the territories off the coast of the northern seas, not hiding, but on the contrary, emphasizing the authority of such actions. In March, President Vladimir Putin visited the Arctic glaciers and got acquainted with the technologies of their study, in April, the Ministry of Defense told and showed the new military base “Arctic Trefoil”.

It becomes obvious to the whole world that Moscow is paying considerable attention to the Arctic and is not going to slow down. Statements in the foreign press are often far from neutral: “Today, the States cannot provide a permanent presence in the Arctic, which allows Russia to stay there all year round without supervision. Their territorial claims are enormous, and if their applications to the UN are approved, they will gain control over the innumerable natural resources buried there, ”writes CBSNews.
Russia has the longest coastal arctic line. Global warming leads to the melting of polar ice, which makes the Northern Sea Route more accessible and convenient.

Understanding the strategic importance of the Arctic region, Moscow is investing in the development of its infrastructure. Northern ports have been expanded and updated. The Russian icebreaking fleet is the largest in the world. Without prejudice to the interests of other members of the Arctic Council, Russia manages to extract the maximum benefit from the effects of climate change.

Since the actions of the Russian government in the Arctic do not cross the state borders and do not interfere with the activities of other countries (the fact that this activity is absent is a completely different matter), Western states cannot exploit the occupation of a neutral territory or stress in the region. But environmental issues are a success. The above-mentioned resource CBSNews further writes: “Russia does not comply with safety standards, does not take into account the likelihood of disasters due to changes in the ecosystem and the creation of industrial facilities, does not care about people working in such difficult conditions.” The only argument in support of this point of view is as follows: “The fact that Russia is not interested in environmental issues has become clear after the accident at Chernobyl.”

For some reason, it is not mentioned that the cleaning on the Russian Arctic lands has been going on for several years already, that the latest technical developments are being demonstrated at exhibitions and the scientific community confirms their compliance with all standards. For some reason, not a word was said about the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and Mr. Trump’s plans to lift the ban on oil production in the Arctic imposed by Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau. If the States do not want to admit that in this area they are clearly lagging behind, then you can at least make a good face on a bad game. But Americans choose unfounded accusations and finger poking.
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  1. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 27 July 2017 07: 31
    Correctly. While Western politicians and leadership are busy with their showdowns, while Western media are competing who will pinch Russia more painfully, our country is systematically gaining a foothold in the Arctic. And then let's look at those who want to put (laid) an eye on natural resources rightfully belonging to Russia (within its borders).
    1. maxim947
      maxim947 27 July 2017 08: 49
      So it is, the main thing is not to waste strength and nerves on their cries. Something to prove and explain is no time and patience is not enough. In general, let them bark, but in the meantime ... The Kremlin confidently continues to engage in territories off the coast of the northern seas, not hiding, but rather emphasizing the authority of such actions.
    2. siberalt
      siberalt 27 July 2017 09: 52
      It would be better for Greens to deal with environmental issues at shale gas and oil production sites in the USA. However, who will allow them! bully
      1. jjj
        jjj 27 July 2017 12: 43
        Yes, the internal American showdown involving the entire Western world in it is just a gift for Russia. People themselves destroy the skeletons of their states. And although we are slowly, but systematically go our own way
  2. aybolyt678
    aybolyt678 27 July 2017 07: 33
    The article doesn’t reflect why Chkalov flew through the North Pole. And he flew to show where the bombers would come from
  3. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 27 July 2017 07: 36
    For the Arctic ------ Respect !!!!!! article ++++++
    And if CBSNews were concerned about the Chernobyl accident, then it would be worthwhile to ask them better what is happening in Ukraine with different accidents, fires, production .....
    And even let very much take interest ----- what is happening in the Donbass. Let them take an interest in the deaths of people, including children !!!!!!! Let them take an interest in what is happening there, they don’t seem to know yet !! Well, about the accidents after the bombing, about phosphorus bombs, about everything that
    happened there in the last 3 years ......
  4. cedar
    cedar 27 July 2017 08: 52
    They not only write, but also land troops. In our case, the Greenpeace workers on the Gazprom Prirazlomnaya drilling platform, greatly concerned about the cleanliness of the Arctic, what colors them .., and who were completely out of the press about the global environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, which continues, which not only doesn't paint them, but gives a good reason to consider agents of the opponents of the development and strengthening of Russia in the Arctic.
    1. jjj
      jjj 27 July 2017 12: 45
      After the Greenpeace men sat on the Russian plank beds, their desire to pop into the Russian North diminished
  5. Kenxnumx
    Kenxnumx 27 July 2017 10: 43
    For our well-being, it would be nice to invest not in Western banks but in the media to form a positive image of Russia
    1. Yura
      Yura 30 July 2017 21: 40
      Quote: Ken71
      to form a positive image of Russia

      The more we grow, in every sense, and they become smaller, the more positive we will be in their eyes. First, the squeal of jackals will stop, then the dog barking, then, in anticipation of a piece, they will look intently into the eyes, with their tails pressed together.
  6. vladimirvn
    vladimirvn 27 July 2017 11: 08
    Enough to save all this? The mood among many is not very, especially among young people. We want everything now and at any cost.
    HEATHER 27 July 2017 13: 50
    “The fact that Russia is not interested in environmental issues has become clear after the Chernobyl accident.” Dibily. It's time to flog leather straps and hard.
    HEATHER 27 July 2017 13: 55
    In the north, only we. The rest, in warm waters.
  9. Raven2705
    Raven2705 27 July 2017 17: 32
    In China, in my opinion, there is a mountain called Khu-Yam. All applicants for OUR Arctic would not hurt to visit this mountain in the beginning. From there, they will understand what they will do next and where to go. bully
    Sincerely hi
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  10. nikvic46
    nikvic46 27 July 2017 18: 35
    First, the author missed that the Paris Club does not impose any obligations on the states that are members of this body.
    Everyone is happy about the warming, which opens up scope for activities in the Arctic. Why scientists studying
    climate of the Arctic. More recently, there were two ways to deliver goods to the Arctic. One in the summer provided a port
    Dudinka with cargo from Leningrad and Murmansk, the other from Vladivostok to Tiksi. Thus, the ice remained untouched
    solder in the tens of thousands of kilometers. Today we rejoice in warming, but then this warming will warm the permafrost, and threatens to turn into the entire tundra swamps. And most of the tundra lies on the territory of Russia. But this will happen
    not soon. Half a century we can live in peace. And after us even a flood? I look forward to the response of reputable scientists.
    If I am mistaken in my forecasts, I will only be glad about it.
    1. 28 July 2017 02: 27
      The topic of the explosion of gas hydrates is not disclosed! We all will die! No?
    2. Yura
      Yura 30 July 2017 21: 30
      Quote: nikvic46
      And after us even a flood?

      We (humanity) on earth with our activities are just insects, only bigger, and if we understand that climatic processes and cataclysms and their periodicity of thousands, tens of thousands and millions of years, which are the result of a combination of processes as our planet with the moon and the solar system as a whole , which in turn are affected by all bodies, both material and non-material of our galaxy, etc., then your “after us at least flood” is a great compliment to humanity, in its omnipotence even in such a negative sense. If you proceed from this, you just need to prepare for such things. Knowing what awaits us to minimize the consequences. There, where I live not so long ago, there were also, and by the way there are still vast swamps endless in places, so what? Yes, everything is fine. A swamp can feed a person just like a forest and field. I remembered something while Sinyavinsky impassable swamps were writing to me in the Leningrad Region, in which there are now tens of thousands of summer cottages. I warn you, not a scientist or even close, junior reserve sergeant, tractor driver and welder. Do not be sad, there will be a day and there will be food. It's a pity I can’t see Gridasov. He’s better at talking about global “things that are not comprehensible to our minds” hi
      1. nikvic46
        nikvic46 1 August 2017 10: 51
        There is no need to downplay the role of man in relation to our environment. Even wearing armor made of asphalt in megalopolises, we change the water cycle in nature, not to mention nuclear testing. And accidents at nuclear power plants do not crush the environment either. Not one representative of the unreasonable fauna will do as much harm as homosapins. Better read Darwin about the relationship of each species of fauna.
        The disappearance of one species may turn into a catastrophe. "And thunder will strike"
  11. Proton
    Proton 28 July 2017 16: 42
    Something the author of the article confuses is that we are gaining a foothold there. But what about the fact that our expensive government has cut the Arctic program 17 times? stop
    1. Walanin
      Walanin 31 July 2017 17: 49
      As well as with the delivery of half of the Barents Sea. Hush up by all means.
  12. Petrol cutter
    Petrol cutter 28 July 2017 19: 42
    "While the Americans are intensely watching the investigation into the alleged interference of the Russian Federation in their elections, the Kremlin continues to confidently occupy territories off the shores of the northern seas, not hiding, but rather emphasizing the authority of such actions."
    But this is correct. Umnichka Vladimir Vladimirovich in foreign policy. The falcon is simple. For this I respect, unbearably.