Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity: by G. Hønneland

By G. Hønneland

This e-book analyses the Russian competition to the 2010 Barents Sea delimitation contract in mild of either the legislation of the ocean and Russian id, arguing that the agreement's critics and proponents inscribe themselves into assorted Russian narratives approximately Russia's rightful position on this planet.

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On the first day of the 1999 session – held in Murmansk – the Norwegian delegation wanted to give the fisheries scientists as much time as possible. The first day in plenary is typically spent reviewing the agenda and probing the parties’ initial policies on the various matters to be discussed in the working groups the following day. The Norwegian scientists spent more than an hour explaining the scientific basis for ICES’s quota recommendations and why the Commission ought to go along with them.

In addition, the paper says, the Soviet Union started drilling test wells in the disputed area in the early 1980s, but ‘to dispel any risk of conflict in the international community’ cancelled the programme when the Norwegian protest received the support of the United States. 0005  Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity In the first few days following the signing of the agreement the Russian media carried reports of the Oslo press conference with Medvedev and Stoltenberg and analyzed the background to the settlement.

The deadline for submitting claims to the shelf Commission therefore moved forward; the clock would not start ticking until 1999. As the first Arctic state, Russia filed its claim in 2000. Considered lacking in several respects, it was quickly rejected. The Russians had included large areas of the continental shelf between the eastern and western sector lines. Part of the area went all the way to the North Pole. After their submission was rejected – which the Russians accepted without staging a political protest – they intensified the exploration of the Arctic shelf.

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