Minister: Russia doesn’t plan to modify its application to expand Arctic shelf

Russia intends to resolve disagreements with other countries on its application to expand the Arctic shelf without making any changes to the application, Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy said during a press briefing at the International Arctic Forum, TASS news agency reports.

“I want to stress that we are not planning to modify the conditions of our application to expand the Arctic shelf. Sure, we are in negotiations with other countries to resolve disputed issues, but we do not plan to make any changes”, he said.

Donskoy had previously said that Russia is holding negotiations on disagreements with Denmark and Canada and also intends to launch the negotiation process with all five Arctic “coastal” countries, including Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and the United States.