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UN to consider Russia’s Arctic shelf claim on August 8-12
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UN to consider Russia’s Arctic shelf claim on August 8-12

Russia's claim to expand its continental shelf in the Arctic will be considered by a UN subcommission on August 8-12, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoi said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

"Another stage of considering Russia's claim will be held in New York on August 8-12, 2016. The sections of the claim will be discussed in detail. The sections will be presented by the Russian experts who prepared them," Donskoi said.

According to the minister, it could take between three and five years to consider the claim, given the substantial amount of information.

In February 2016, Sergei Donskoi submitted a renewed bid to the UN to extend Russia's Arctic Ocean shelf. Russia is seeking sections of seabed beyond the 200 mile zone within the entire Russia polar sector, including the zone under the North Pole.