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Does Russia have the right to claim Arctic territory?

Richard 2007/08/02 17:02:57
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CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island (Reuters) - Canada on Thursday dismissed Russia's claim to a large chunk of the resource-rich Arctic, saying the tactic was more suited to the 15th century than the real world.

A Russian submersible on Thursday dived beneath the ice under the North Pole and planted a titanium flag on the seabed, staking a symbolic claim as Moscow seeks to extend the territory in the Arctic it controls right up to the North Pole.

"This isn't the 15th century. You can't go around the world and just plant flags and say 'We're claiming this territory'," said Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay.

"There is no threat to Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic ... we're not at all concerned about this mission -- basically it's just a show by Russia," he told CTV television.

The five states with territory inside the Arctic Circle -- Canada, Norway, Russia, the United States and Denmark via its control of Greenland -- have a 320 km (200 mile) economic zone around the north of their coastline.

Russia says its expanded claim is justified because the Arctic seabed and Siberia are linked by one continental shelf.

Canada's Conservative government is vowing to assert sovereignty over its Arctic lands and waterways. Last month Ottawa said it would build up to eight patrol ships designed to operate in the frozen region, which is believed to hold huge untapped oil and gas reserves.
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  • Hank 2007/08/02 17:06:36
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    Hank
    +14
    Right or not, sounds like they have already made their "claim". Now, who wants to "read them their rights" and tell them to give it back ? This is going to be very interesting. Hey Canada, your move ! AND Good Luck !!

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  • 26654 2007/08/02 17:41:39
  • Ihr Hase ~ Radix Libertas 2007/08/02 17:39:49
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    Ihr Hase ~ Radix Libertas
    +4
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Get the Maple Syrup Missles.......
  • Ihr Has... Ihr Has... 2007/08/02 20:47:47
    Ihr Hase ~ Radix Libertas
    +5
    I do not understand why someone would downrave a joke about Canada....

    the fact is it is not "the U.S.'s" problem directly, it is Canada's problem we have no realistic claim to it...
  • Ginny 2007/08/02 17:33:31
    No
    Ginny
    Gosh, they will want Alaska back next! Hope we stay out of this.
  • dirtyharry 2007/08/02 17:30:44
    Yes
    dirtyharry
    I believe any country can put a claim on unclaimed land. That, I believe, is the way countries are established. However, there has been and will probably always be disputes as to who agrees with those claims.
  • K man 2007/08/02 17:23:53
    No
    K man
    Bush already claimed it.
  • JimBob 2007/08/02 17:21:11
    No
    JimBob
    +1
    But neither does anyone else. It should be international territory, managed by a consortium.
  • Ihr Has... JimBob 2007/08/02 17:43:05
    Ihr Hase ~ Radix Libertas
    +3
    MMMMhmmmmmmmmm

    Santa sould exert his power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • ronnie 2007/08/02 17:19:33 (edited)
    No
    ronnie
    I believe that Canada has a right to dismiss Russia's claim and I am in agreement with the Canadian government that this is not the 15th century, where a country can go make claims on a whim..
  • Hank 2007/08/02 17:06:36
    Undecided
    Hank
    +14
    Right or not, sounds like they have already made their "claim". Now, who wants to "read them their rights" and tell them to give it back ? This is going to be very interesting. Hey Canada, your move ! AND Good Luck !!
  • rose of... Hank 2007/08/03 03:36:23
    rose of texas
    We now must wait to see what Canada will do in this Artic territory squabble.
  • jackror... Hank 2007/08/03 12:58:28
    jackrorabbit
    +1
    Alaska also touches up there, so we have an equal claim as does Greenland.

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