Greenpeace Ship Defies Russia, Enters Arctic Route To Protest Against Oil Drilling
Greenpeace has deployed its icebreaker through an Arctic shipping route to protest against oil drilling in the fragile ecosystem, defying Russian authorities, the group said Saturday.
The Russian transportation ministry immediately accused the Dutch-flagged vessel of “crudely” violating Russian and international law.
Earlier this week Greenpeace said Russia had refused the permission to enter the Northern Sea Route on several occasions citing concerns about the icebreaker’s ability to withstand thick ice.
The global environmental group has called the move “a thinly veiled attempt to stifle peaceful protest.”
In defiance of the Russian authorities, the Greenpeace said its ship Arctic Sunrise entered the Northern Sea Route early Saturday to protest plans by the country’s top oil firm Rosneft and its US partner ExxonMobil to drill near the Russian Arctic National Park.