Russia intends to gain full control over the Northern Sea Route

On the eve of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation prepared amendments to the Federal Law, which will allow strictly regulating the passage of foreign ships (civilian and military) through our Northern Sea Route.

At the moment, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of ​​1982 applies to the "Northern Sea Trade Artery". It places the route under the jurisdiction of Russia, but does not regulate the movement of ships, including military ones, in the waters of the Northern Sea Route.

This error should be corrected by the aforementioned amendments from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

In particular, our military department proposed introducing a clause according to which any foreign vessel will be able to pass through the Russian territorial waters of the Northern Sea Route only if it receives permission, which will be requested through diplomatic channels at least 90 days before the visit.

In addition, more than one foreign vessel will not be able to stay in the internal waters of the Russian Federation at the same time without the above-mentioned document.

But that's not all. Foreign submarines will be able to move along the Northern Sea Route only on the surface and always under the flag of their country.

Finally, Russia will be able to suspend the passage of all foreign ships through its territorial waters indefinitely in the interests of its own security.

In fact, if these amendments are adopted, the Russian Federation will receive full control over the Northern Sea Route, like Turkey, which, according to the Montreux Convention, controls the passage of ships of non-Black Sea countries to the Black Sea.

Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 2 August 2022 12: 38
    Not everything is clear with the Northern Sea Route (RIAC):

    The 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea provides certain opportunities for the control of navigation in the straits used for international navigation. Russia and the USA can establish sea lanes and ship traffic separation schemes (Article 41), which must be approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
    The majority of foreign states interested in using the NSR are in favor of giving it an international status, i.e. for its withdrawal from the national jurisdiction of Russia and the opening for free navigation. The principle of free navigation is especially insisted on by the United States, which has historically considered it a basic component of its maritime strategy.
    Legal problems arise due to the fact that the Northern Sea Route runs through many straits that have (as well as the entire NSR water area) a different international legal status. Some foreign states (for example, the United States) believe that these straits should be given the status of "global commons" (global commons), where all ships, without exception, should enjoy the right of free passage.

    China also seems to be not happy with our restrictions on navigation along the NSR ...
    1. Kostyar Offline Kostyar
      Kostyar 2 August 2022 13: 06
      China also seems to be not happy with our restrictions on navigation along the NSR ...

      The main thing is that WE were delighted, and the rest will get used to it!
  2. TG 777 OS Offline TG 777 OS
    TG 777 OS 2 August 2022 21: 20
    Decided to do - do it. No need to look back and be afraid. Until we try, we won't know what it will lead to.