Greenpeace ship defies Russia in Arctic oil-drilling protest
MOSCOW (AFP) - Greenpeace defied Russian authorities on Saturday by deploying an icebreaker through an Arctic shipping route without permission to protest against oil drilling.
The Russian transportation ministry immediately accused the Dutch-flagged vessel of "crudely" violating Russian and international law.
Nevertheless Vladimir Chuprov, head of the Russian energy unit at Greenpeace, said the icebreaker was so far moving forward unhindered by military ships or border guard vessels.
Earlier this week Greenpeace said Russia had refused permission to enter the Northern Sea Route on several occasions citing concerns about the icebreaker's ability to withstand thick ice.