Barents Sea Agreement

by admin on September 11th, 2021

Norway and Russia have agreed on a new Barents Sea Fisheries Agreement for 2019. MURMANSK: The Treaty on Maritime Delimitation and Cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean was signed today in Murmansk. Look at the photos of the ceremony and follow the link to the agreement here. “Murmansk is very important for cooperation between our two countries,” said President Medvedev. The Norwegian Prime Minister said: “I am pleased that the agreement was signed here in Murmansk. Murmansk is a crossroads of cooperation between Norway and Russia. The Parties also agree to combat pollution caused by fishing activities and the Agreement establishes technical rules for the implementation of fishing, control measures and research cooperation. The agreement focuses on the continued sustainable management of fish stocks in the region and provides for a quota of 725,000 tonnes of cod, which will be divided between Norway, Russia and third countries on the model of previous agreements. The treaty marks the end of a long process that began in 1970. The breakthrough in the negotiations was made public during President Medvedev`s visit to Norway on 27 April, when the Norwegian and Russian foreign ministers signed a joint statement announcing that the negotiating delegations of the two countries had reached a provisional agreement on delimitation. The search for new resources could be a modern undertaking and could have an interesting impact on Norwegian domestic politics. One of them could be the status of Lofoten and Vesteraalen as future oil and gas zones, a politically hot topic in Norway, where the industry opposes an active environmental movement. So far, the government has postponed carbon production in this area in the hope of finding an alternative field in the Barents Sea.

Without the delimitation agreement, the state of aid outside the archipelagos would probably be very different. While the bilateral agreement offers significant opportunities for Russia and Norway, its importance for the entire region and its international system should not be underestimated. Just days after the Declaration of the Russian-Norwegian Agreement, Lawrence Cannon, then Canada`s foreign minister, publicly urged the United States to reach a compromise on a similar dispute in Beaufort Lake. In addition, the Barents agreement can be a potential trigger for an agreement on the Bering road with the United States and put this issue back on the russian political agenda. Both the Norwegian Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister stressed that the border agreement could be a source of inspiration for other countries. In addition to providing an example of “good practices” in bilateral border resolutions, the Barentsse Act showed that international law, diplomatic restraint, mutual interest, sustainable development and cooperation can and should dominate arctic international affairs. No matter how many resources will be found in the future on the Norwegian and Russian side, both countries can already claim victory. It is above all a political agreement that respects diplomacy and negotiations, but also an agreement that can have considerable economic benefits for countries.

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