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Sergei Donskoi: Russia plans to send application to UN to expand Arctic shelf

Russia is planning to send an application to the UN for an extension of its continental shelf in the Arctic, Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi told RIA Novosti. He said that the application would be sent later this year.

According to the minister, the claim currently includes the Lomonosov Ridge, the Podvodnikov Basin and the Mendeleev Ridge, but Russia is also planning to include part of the Gakkel Ridge in it.

In December 2014, Denmark and its autonomy Greenland submitted applications to the UN to define the outer border of their continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. Russia, Denmark (Greenland), the US, Canada and Norway all have area segments in the Arctic.