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Geostrategic News: USA and Russia sign new maritime pollution agreement

U.S.Coast Guard “Polar Star” on the way to patrol the boundary line in the Bering Sea.
© US Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Russia’s Marine Rescue Service have agreed to an updated plan to address maritime pollution across international boundaries in the Chukchi and Bering seas. On February 1st, the two maritime services signed this agreement, first established in 1989, to plan, prepare and respond to transboundary maritime pollution incidents. It further promotes the protection of shared interests in these environmentally and culturally significant trans-boundary waters including mechanisms for better cross-border cooperation including the possibility to help share information.