Russia plans to handle for the second time in a claim to the Arctic continental shelf for nation in 2013, said the vice-president of the Russian Science Academy Nikolai Laverov at the 2nd International Arctic Forum held at NArFU.
On December 20, 2001, Russia made an official submission into the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In the document it is proposed to establish the outer limits of the continental shelf of Russia beyond the 200-nautical-mile (370 km) Exclusive Economic Zone, but within the Russian Arctic sector. One of the arguments was a statement that Lomonosov Ridge, an underwater mountain ridge passing near the Pole, and Mendeleev Ridge are extensions of the Eurasian continent. In 2002 the UN Commission neither rejected nor accepted the Russian proposal, recommending additional research.
Nikolai Laverov noticed that the recurring claim will be based only on the research data of the shelf. “Some scientists are providing this research work. They have got the important data on the shelf zone of the Northern coast of Russia”, he said.
In 2012, Russia plans to hold the last expedition to the Arctic Shelf, to scientifically prove that the shelf is a continuation of the Eurasian continent. The expedition will take samples of the shelf’s soil to prove that it is identical to the soil of Siberia’s north.