dispute over chemical weapons. PHOTOS: See how Assad is cleaning Obama’s clock on Syria The group also took a dig at the United States. While announcing the nomination during a press conference in Moscow, group officials said Mr. Putin deserved the Peace Prize much more than President Obama , who won the recognition in 2009. Barack Obama is the man who has initiated and approved the United States aggressive actions in Iraq and Afghanistan . Now he is preparing for an invasion into Syria . He bears this title nevertheless, said Iosif Kobzon , a member of the State Duma , UPI reported. Russias President Vladimir Putin, center foreground, gestures as he walks by U.S. … more> Conversely, he said, Mr. Putin tries a more peaceful approach.
In Washington, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that a U.S. citizen named Dimitri Litvinov was among those charged with piracy. She said Washington understood that a second detained U.S. citizen has not been charged. Harf made no comment on the charges. She said that the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg had met both of the detained U.S. citizens. FEARING OIL SPILL Prirazlomnaya, Russia’s first offshore oil rig in the Arctic, is slated to start operating by the end of the year and is expected to reach peak production of 6 million tonnes per year (120,000 barrels per day) in 2019. Greenpeace says scientific evidence shows any oil spill from Prirazlomnaya, in the Pechora Sea, would affect more than 3,000 miles (4,800 km) of Russia’s northern coastline. Russia, whose slowing economy is heavily reliant on income from energy exports, hopes Arctic oil and gas will help fuel future growth. Putin, who has not ruled out seeking a fourth presidential term in 2018, has described Arctic shipping and development as priorities and last month announced plans to reopen a Soviet-era military base in the region. Naidoo called Russia’s treatment of the protesters “the most serious threat to Greenpeace’s peaceful environmental activism” since its ship Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk while in port in New Zealand in 1985, when the group was protesting French nuclear testing in the Pacific.