Greenpeace denied entry to Russian Arctic waters
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Greenpeace says Russia has blocked one of its ships from entering Arctic waters where the environmentalist group was planning to stage protest actions against oil exploration activities by Rosneft and ExxonMobil.
Greenpeace said on Wednesday that Russian authorities had denied the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise entry to the Northern Sea Route, citing questions over the vessel's ice strengthening.
The group said the Arctic Sunrise has a higher ice classification than many of the more than 400 vessels that have been granted access to the passage this year.
Russia's Northern Sea Route Administration did not answer calls on Wednesday.