The State Commission for the Arctic supported the expansion of the Northern Sea Route

15.05.2020

The State Commission for the Arctic supported the expansion of the Northern Sea Route

State Commission for the Arctic under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev held a meeting on the discussion on plans to introduce the concept of the Northern Sea Transport Corridor, which extends the Northern Sea Route (NSR, the Northern Sea Route) to the Barents Sea from the west and to Kamchatka from the east.

“Two concepts are used in the draft Strategy: The Northern Sea Route and the Northern Sea Transport Corridor as a broader concept of the entire corridor from Murmansk to Kamchatka. If we want to ensure the competitiveness of the Northern Sea Route, then we must make the borders of the corridor wider. I mean, take the western and eastern suburbs, creating hub ports there. Therefore, we have introduced such a concept into the draft strategy. We agreed on it with the Ministry of Transport, Rosatom and the Russian Foreign Ministry. Neither we, nor the Russian Foreign Ministry see any negative legal consequences of using this terminology,” said Alexander Krutikov, Deputy Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic during the meeting.

Yuri Trutnev urged to think more carefully on the terminology.

Let us recall that the Northern Sea Route begins from the Kara Strait in the west and the Bering Strait in the east. Such boundaries were determined by the peculiarities of the international law, related to the freezing of the seas. Maxim Kulinko, the Deputy Director for the development of the NSR at Rosatom, told PortNews that this is a revival of the USSR General Sea Route concept. 

“This is not a replacement for the Northern Sea Route, but it is a more correct model of development of the northern seas from an economic point of view,” he explained.


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