There is a scandal around the Greenpeace action near the Prirazlomnaja platform The incident has turned into a trial initiated by the Netherlands in the International Tribunal. Amsterdam demands from Moscow to return the ecologists icebreaker and release the crew of the vessel.
Greenpeace has long been discredited by its contract actions
I believe that Greenpeace as an international environmental protection organization has long been discredited by its contract actions, which have purely political goals. One could not pay much attention to its judicial activity. The European justice is directed to the defense of European values. From the point of view of stereotypes established nowadays in the international community, hooligans from Greenpeace all have their 'excuses'.
The fact that Russia acted on the basis of international law is manifestly obvious, and it would seem that one could calm down thereupon. But you can not calm down! Greenpeace has got accustomed to get what it wants, and it spoils. It is clear that Greenpeace has got accustomed to a hyper-tolerant attitude on the part of the Western companies. There is a strong possibility that the representatives of these major oil and gas companies watched the scene with great glee. They hoped for a strong reaction from Russia, and when it followed, it gave them an acute sense of satisfaction. Russia will have moral support from them. They themselves can not afford such a treatment toward the Greenpeace employees.
Russia will have to become an initiator in bringing this unbridled international organization to justice and order; which organization, in my view, obviously executes certain orders.
We should act not under the pressure of European hysterical public
Perhaps the charges made now by the Greenpeace employees will not be executed in the form of real terms, though I admit it too. But in any case we should act not under the pressure of European hysterical public, but to rely solely upon the international law. I would remind that Russia declared its capacity to comprehensively develop the Arctic shelf. This appears to have made the special interest groups cut off from the project to urge the Greenpeace to a campaign against Russian companies.
It is clear that this action has no legal foundation, but the accustomed to impunity Greenpeace employees have acted as they have. For this, they must be called to account. I know that our border guards have done their best to prevent escalation. But when the Greenpeace officials made a series of provocations, the border guards had to act as they have.
It will turn out badly for Russia, but if not the case, then the other is sure to be used to impede the activities of Russia in the Arctic shelf. There is nothing to be afraid of it. By the way, they have already tried to take from us Baikal, Eastern Siberia, and now it's time for the Arctic They say about the 'need' to declare it a world heritage: Why does Russia alone use it! But we will not give up anything.