they said its not a land grab but to show where the continental shelf ends for them. Under international law, the five states with territory inside the Arctic Circle -- Canada, Norway, Russia, the United States and Denmark via its control of Greenland -- have a 320-kilometer (200-mile) economic zone around the north of their coastline.
au contraire, gutboy. The Russians clearly claim that their continental shelf extends to the North Pole, so, a fortiorari, they own the North Pole (and everything on it, under it and on top of it). I liked the editorial cartoon where Santa Claus is saying to his elves, that they will now have to evacuate the North Pole and have to find someplace else to set up shop!