Russia accuses Norway of violating Svalbard Treaty

The Russian Embassy in Norway said that Oslo violates its obligations under the Svalbard archipelago treaty. “There are problems with Svalbard [Treaty]. Our issues are practical and need to be addressed,” reads the statement published on the Russian Embassy’s Facebook page.

According to the Russian Embassy, Oslo violates the agreement because it issues “permits for the development of oil and gas deposits in the areas of the continental shelf which fall under the treaty.”

The Russian Embassy claims that because of this Russian companies are not able to participate in tenders for some prospective deposits. According to diplomats, a similar situation exists with regards to other mineral resources.

The Embassy demanded that “Norway comply with its international obligations” and offered to resolve the issues through negotiations and consultations.

The Embassy noted that Russia does not dispute Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard.

According to the 1920 Svalbard Treaty, Norway gained sovereignty over the archipelago, but the parties to the agreement can use its natural resources and territorial waters.

(c) UAWire

7 comments

  • I’m sure the Moskali complain about this every day. They admit that “Russia does not dispute Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard” but they still wish to control it just like they do in many other countries.

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  • According to the Russian Embassy, Oslo violates the agreement because it issues “permits for the development of oil and gas deposits in the areas of the continental shelf which fall under the treaty.”

    According to Norway, the treaty only allows commercial developments in the region of the islands territorial waters, 4 miles from the coastline, not the 200 miles of the continental shelf.

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  • Says a country invading and occupying Ukraine, stealing all coal, oil and gas. Stupid fucks!

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  • That’s just precious. The top treaty-breakers in the world are accusing a country of breaking a treaty. Let’s have a pittance round of pity, please.

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  • Prince William of Orange

    Why is there no wall at the border with Norway? Or a decent minefield?
    The spies and other scum can just cross the border unnoticed, and can then travel to any other European state.

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