Arctic Yearbook 2014 - Page 23

23 Apr: Russia expels Margarita Atanasov, First Secretary at the Embassy of Canada in Moscow, in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomat Yuri Bezler from Canada on 8 April. (Pravda) 16 May: Eni (Italy) and Statoil announce that they will delay the start of work at the Goliat oil field in the Barents Sea until mid-2015 “following technical challenges and significant cost overruns.” (Wall Street Journal) 27 May: Greenpeace activists occupy the oil rig called Transocean Spitsbergen, which is working for Statoil in the Barents Sea. (Ecologist) 2 May: US Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner and Rick Larsen introduce a bill to establish a U.S. ambassador-at-large for Arctic affairs. (National Journal) 23 MAY 01 02 15 26 May: Novatek signs a contract to supply 3 million tons of LNG per year, for 20 years, from the Yamal LNG installation to China’s CNPC. (Barents Nova) 22 May: Eighth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) 16 20 15 May: Chinese real estate magnate Huang Nubo tells Norwegian national radio that he wants to buy 216 square kilometers on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. (NRK) 20 May: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev warns that the US and Russia are approaching “a second Cold War”. (The Hill) 1 May: The Greenpeace ship “Rainbow Warrior” and 44 activists attempt to prevent the tanker carrying Arctic oil from the Prirazlomnaya platform from docking in Rotterdam. They are arrested by Dutch law enforcement officials. (Guardian) 22 26 27 30 30 May: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen suggests that the alliance should map out a plan for response to potential future Russian activity in the Arctic. (Wall Street Journal) 30 May: Conference “Innovative and Safe Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region” takes place in Karelia, with participation of researchers from the Northern Research Forum.