"I'm not sure of whether they've put a metal flag, a rubber flag or a bed sheet on the ocean floor. Either way, it doesn't have any legal standing or effect on this claim."Russia's government-issued daily newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta stated on Friday that Russia's mission to the sea floor below the polar ice cap "is the start of a new redistribution of the world." Western governments responded by heaping appropriate scorn on Russia's outrageous and untenable act of imperialism.
-- U.S. State Department
"Look, this isn't the 15th century. You can't go around the world and plant flags and say, 'We're claiming this territory."
-- Canadian Foreign Ministry
It seems that Russia, just like the USSR before it, is quite content to alienate the entire world and try to go it alone. Russia stands without a single nation of consequence as an ally, and after directly provoking Great Britain and the EU with its outrageous conduct in the Litvinenko matter is now going after Canada and the United States.
And so, Russia will go the way of the USSR.