STOCKHOLM - Greenpeace says Russia has blocked one of its ships from entering Arctic waters where the environmentalist group was planning to stage protest actions against oil exploration activities by Rosneft and ExxonMobil.
Greenpeace said Wednesday that Russian authorities had denied the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise entry to the Northern Sea Route, citing questions over the vessel's ice strengthening.
The group said the Arctic Sunrise has a higher ice classification than many of the more than 400 vessels that have been granted access to the passage this year.
Russia's Northern Sea Route Administration didn't answer calls Wednesday.
Greenpeace said it wanted to "expose" the activities of Russian oil company Rosneft and U.S. partner ExxonMobil in the Kara Sea, north of western Siberia. The companies are preparing to begin drilling operations there next year.
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