Category Archives: Norway

The Baltic Pipe Case: Disinformation at the Service of the Kremlin’s Energy Policy

Four languages, one message from the pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets: becoming independent from Russian gas is just a bad idea. A new gas supply corridor is under construction in the European energy market. The Baltic Pipe – a project carried out by the Danish company Energinet and the Polish company Gaz-System, with financial support from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility –

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Norway Rejects Moscow’s Claim It Violated Svalbard Treaty

Norway has rejected Russian accusations of violating the terms of an international treaty regulating activities on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, as a diplomatic spat over Russian operations there escalated. Russia complained earlier in February that Oslo-imposed rules were restricting activities of Russian organizations there, calling for bilateral consultations, and on Thursday accused Norway of violating the Svalbard Treaty. But

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Are they preparing a new annexation? Russia has claimed its rights to Svalbard and insists that it is “not originally Norwegian territory”

Since the beginning of February, the Russian Embassy in Norway has issued a series of statements accusing this country, the sovereignty of which extends to Svalbard , in violation of the international archipelago treaty of 1920. One of these statements says that the archipelago  is “ not originally Norwegian territory”. At the same time, some Russian media outlets published materials about Svalbard, which talk about the

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New Russian radar under construction near Norwegian border

It is supposed to detect hostile hypersonic missiles Russia’s Armed Forces group in the Kola Peninsula have been building a new anti-missile radar. An interlocutor in the Russian military-industrial complex shared this information with TASS news agency. “The Rezonans-N system is capable of spotting approaching hypersonic missiles and protect the military installations of the Northern Fleet. From before, two similar

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Russia accuses Norway of violating Svalbard Treaty

The Russian Embassy in Norway said that Oslo violates its obligations under the Svalbard archipelago treaty. “There are problems with Svalbard [Treaty]. Our issues are practical and need to be addressed,” reads the statement published on the Russian Embassy’s Facebook page. According to the Russian Embassy, Oslo violates the agreement because it issues “permits for the development of oil and

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Russia Accuses Norway of Restricting Its Activities on Arctic Islands

Russia on Tuesday accused Norway of restricting its activities on a remote chain of islands in the Arctic and said it wanted talks with Oslo to have the issue resolved. The archipelago of Svalbard, about 850 kilometers (500 miles) north of mainland Norway, is seen as a potential flashpoint between Moscow and the West as climate change has opened up the

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Russian Parliament Demands Apology From Norway as Tensions Escalate

Senator Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Federation Council’s foreign affairs committee, and Rune Resaland, the Norwegian Ambassador to Russia, had a tense meeting Wednesday as they discussed the countries’ relations and the 2018 arrest of a Russian parliamentary aide.  Kosachev told the Norwegian ambassador that there could be no normal cooperation between the two countries’ parliamentary assemblies until Norway officially

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Norwegian Arctic resident held in Russia comes home in Cold War-style swap with Norway and Lithuania

Frode Berg, a retired border guard from Kirkenes, on Norway’s Arctic border with Russia, had been held since 2017. VILNIUS — Russia freed two Lithuanians and a Norwegian on Friday in return for two Russian spies held in Lithuania, in a Cold War-style spy swap that brought several high-profile espionage cases to a close. “The exchange took place at one

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Putin Urged to Pardon Norwegian Jailed for Spying Amid Hopes of Swap

A Russian commission on Thursday recommended President Vladimir Putin pardon a Norwegian man jailed for spying, spurring hopes in Norway that he may be released as part of a spy swap brokered behind closed doors. Frode Berg, a retired guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in December 2017 and jailed for 14 years after being convicted of gathering intelligence

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Russian Fishing Boat Sinks After Catching Fire in Norway, Injuries Reported

This story was updated on Sept. 26 at 11:42 a.m. A Russian trawler that caught fire in the northern Norwegian port of Tromsø capsized and sank Thursday morning after burning for nearly 24 hours, the Defense Ministry’s Zvezda television channel has reported. Negligence during welding work is suspected to have caused the fire, Russia’s consul in the border town of

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