Territorial conflict in the Arctic


The US has expanded its territorial claims in the Arctic by one million square kilometers, according to a statement from the US State Department that contains a map with the new territories claimed by Washington.

In this regard, the Bloomberg agency calculates that the recent delimitation of the continental shelf adds "an area twice the size of California" to the territorial claims of the United States. Parts of this area are also disputed by Russia and Canada.

The US, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Russia claim sovereignty over various areas of the Arctic Ocean floor. The interest of these States in the northern waters is dictated by the fact that some 83 billion tons of fossil fuels are found in their depths.