© AFP/File / by Pierre-Henry DESHAYES | An Arctic battle between the European Union and Norway about snow crabs around Svalbard is really about claiming access to oil, experts say
OSLO (AFP) – On the face of it, a relentless battle between the European Union and Norway in a remote part of the Arctic is about snow crabs.
But the real fight may go beyond who gets to catch the modest crustaceans around Svalbard, a unique Norwegian archipelago in the Barents Sea.
Svalbard archipelago is located well above the arctic circle and separated from the Eurasian mainland
What is really at stake is oil, some experts say, and a coming race for the commodity of which there is a lot in the polar region.
“No country wants to give up resources without receiving anything in return. That is the principle here too,” Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg tells AFP.
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