Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
8th March, 2016
Russia claims the possession of the North pole and large Arctic spaces that are on the shelf, but the legitimacy of its claims should not be determined by politicians, but by scientists, believes the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. Yet he recognised that Vladimir Putin cannot be wrong due to being disliked, but it is likely that science is not on his side, said Trudeau in an interview with the Huffington Post.
I want to ask you about another interesting person – about Vladimir Putin. Earlier you made a joke at his expense – about the construction of the fortifications above the Arctic circle. He claims that the North pole and continental shelf under the Arctic ocean with an area of 500,000 square miles belongs to Russia. He’s right?
JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Prime Minister of Canada: Well everyone knows that the North pole is in Canada…
But not Vladimir Putin…
JUSTIN TRUDEAU: But any country… I’m sure there are Americans who point to Alaska as the closest port to the North pole, the Danes say about Greenland and so on. And that is why this question will be decided not by politicians, but by scientists and international oceanographers, and international organizations who are weighing in to look at the different lines on the map. Because any country can say: no, all of this is Canada! But there is a lot of positioning that politicians will have to do. I trust science…
Well, I will just say: no!
JUSTIN TRUDEAU: What’s that?
That Russia owns the North pole and 500,000 square miles of territory.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU: However much we may dislike Mr Putin on a personal level, it does not automatically make him wrong. The science will determine it. I think he’s wrong, and from what I’ve seen of the science, he’s wrong. But you can’t disagree with someone simply because you disagree.