At the July 15 meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Russia blocked the creation of a marine wildlife reserve off the coast of Antarctica. While the proposal, which would have created a 3.8 million square kilometer zone of restricted industrial activity in the Southern Ocean, had support of 25 of the 27 commission member countries, any action by the body requires unanimous agreement. Ukraine also voted to oppose the sanctuary, largely due to Russia’s opposition.