The continental shelf of the Russian Federation includes the seabed and subsoil layers of submarine areas laying beyond the boundaries of the territorial sea of the Russian Federation throughout the length of the natural extension of its terrestrial territory to the external limits of the submarine border of the continent. The definition of the continental shelf also applies to all islands. The external limits of the continental shelf are fixed at a distance of 200 nautical miles from the starti
Federal Law No. 187-FZ of 1995 on the continental shelf of the Russian Federation.