Putin's Arctic Invasion

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=464921

Putin's Arctic invasion: Russia lays claim to the North Pole - and all its gas, oil, and diamonds
Last updated at 20:19pm on 28th June 2007


Russian leader Vladimir Putin is trying to Annex the North Pole

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has made an astonishing bid to grab a vast chunk of the Arctic, giving himself claim to its vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth.


His audacious argument that an underwater Russian ridge is linked to the North Pole is likely to lead to an international outcry.

Some commentators have already observed it is further evidence of growing Russian assertiveness under its authoritarian president.

The Russian media trumpeted the findings of a Moscow scientific mission to the region which boasts "sensational" geological discoveries enabling the Kremlin to make the territorial claim.

Populist newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda - a cheerleader for Putin - printed a map of the North Pole showing a "new addition" to Russia, a triangle five times the size of Britain with twice as much oil as Saudi Arabia.

The six-week mission on a nuclear ice-breaker claimed that the underwater Lomonsov ridge is geologically linked to the Siberian continental platform - and similar in structure.

Putin claims that an underwater Russian ridge is linked to the North Pole

The detailed findings are likely to be put to the United Nations in a bid to bring it under the Kremlin noose, and provide the bonanza of an estimated 10 billion tonnes of gas and oil deposits as well as significant sources of diamonds, gold, tin, manganese, nickel, lead and platinum.

Under current international law, the countries ringing the Arctic - Russia, Canada, the US, Norway, Denmark (Greenland) - are limited to a 200 mile economic zone around their coastlines.

Currently, a UN convention stipulates that none of these countries can claim jurisdiction of the Arctic seabed because the geological structure does not match that of the surrounding continental shelves.

The region is administered by the International Seabed Authority - the authority now being challenged by Moscow.

A previous attempt to claim the oil and gas resources beyond its 200 miles zone five years ago was rejected - but this time Moscow intends to make a far more serious submission to the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

The Russians have laid controversial claim to the North Pole

The head of the government-funded expedition Valery Kaminsky, director of the All-Russian Oceanic Scientific Research Institute, said he has key photographic evidence to prove the geological claims. "These are very interesting facts for the world community," he said.

Yuri Deryabin, head of the Institute of North European Countries, said: "I estimate Russia's chances to gets its piece of the Arctic pie highly enough - but the main battle is just starting." He acknowledged the negotiations would be "complicated".

The claim is likely to provoke an outcry from green groups but there is also Russian opposition.

Sergei Priamikov, of Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, said the notion was "strange" and warned other countries could make counter claims.

Canada "could say that the Lomonosov ridge is part of the Canadian shelf, which means Russia should in fact belong to Canada, together with the whole of Eurasia", he observed drily.

A diplomatic source said that Russia was "seeking to secure its grip on oil and gas supplies for decades to come. Putin wants a strong Russia, and Western dependence for oil and gas supplies is a key part of his strategy. He no longer cares if his strategy upsets the West".
 

Budyzir

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I thought there were international treaties regarding the development of resources in the Artic and Antarctic.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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thats a bold move
 

abudabit

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Is Santa gonna start drinking vodka and whipping prostitutes with barbed wire?
 

Sct Ptersns Twn

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Putin is a douche bag weasel.

I wish Reagan were alive, he would conquer the North Pole first!
 

abudabit

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Canada is gonna be pissed, they are claiming half the arctic region.
 

MrAbovePar

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Putin also last week said the Soviet era was much better than most of American history.

Putin wants the Union back. Sure, fuck communism and all... it'll just be strong-man authoritarianism.
 
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Putin is starting to sound like Hugo Chavez's retarded half brother.
 
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Hmmm, well I need to find a small island in the Gulf of Mexico and then annex all of the land in the area under the gulf as my own because it's connected to the same plate.

Vlad is a douchebag and I wish our government were better at assassinating people in other countries discretely.
 

BIV

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In Soviet Russia, the Arctic annex's you!!!
 
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At least hes making it interesting. I always wanted to go to war with the Soviets, I didn't really get to live through much of the cold war.
 

GLENN_THE_TOOL

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At least hes making it interesting. I always wanted to go to war with the Soviets, I didn't really get to live through much of the cold war.
just watch Rocky IV and Rambo III. you'll get the idea.
 
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"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy….I was able to get a sense of his soul."

George W. Bush on Vladimir Putin. June 16, 2001


Hey that's enough for me. Jesus Christ Jr. says he's a great guy.
 

LiddyRules

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"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy….I was able to get a sense of his soul."

George W. Bush on Vladimir Putin. June 16, 2001


Hey that's enough for me. Jesus Christ Jr. says he's a great guy.
Only liberals take the President's quotes and use them in context.