NATO boss ‘surprised’ by extended term

Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who became secretary general of NATO in 2014, said he was “surprised” but also “honoured” that his term of duty was extended this week by another two years. He thinks it gives him an even stronger mandate than he already had. “I was under the impression that there […]

Norway ‘shamed’ over ‘nuclear nod’

Opponents of nuclear weapons were claiming that Norway should be ashamed of itself, for once again failing last week to support a UN resolution to ban them. Another 123 countries had already agreed to negotiate a “legally binding instrument to forbid nuclear weapons.” Norway instead joined the US, Russia, Great Britain, France and 33 other countries in voting […]

The Alliance strikes back under Jens

NATO, the world’s largest defense alliance, is not “obsolete,” according to the former Norwegian prime minister leading it, Jens Stoltenberg. He’s had to be on the defensive himself this week, after more unexpected rumblings from the man moving into the White House on Friday, Donald Trump, but the unflappable Stoltenberg seems to be taking it all in stride. Stoltenberg […]

Turkish officials seek asylum in Norway, embassy in Oslo dismisses their fears

UPDATED: Scores of Turkish military officers and diplomats who’ve been serving at embassies and with NATO in Europe have defected and sought political asylum, including several now in Norway. Newspaper VG reported Thursday night that they all fear being imprisoned and even tortured or killed if they return home to Turkey. Turkey’s embassy in Oslo dismissed their fears on Friday, […]

Russia reacts to any missile defense aid

Russia is not at all happy that the Norwegian government is studying how it can contribute to NATO’s controversial missile defense system. Newspaper Klassekampen reported Thursday that the Russian Embassy in Oslo has reacted “sharply” and says it will be forced to mount a military response. Klassekampen reported last weekend that Norway was on its way to becoming […]

Stoltenberg had some KGB contact

Norway’s former prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, has still been making headlines in his homeland, and not just because of his job as top boss at NATO. It’s his new autobiography that’s raising eyebrows, both because of its content and the lucrative deal Stoltenberg cut to write it. First came Stoltenberg’s revelations and comments about fellow […]

‘Hush-hush’ radar raises concerns

As the US sends more defense resources into the Norwegian Arctic, some projects are raising concerns. Many Norwegians in Northern Norway don’t want to provoke Russia, while a new radar system in Vardø that’s been shrouded in secrecy is making some local residents nervous. “Vardø residents are worried about the danger of radiation, and that it (the planned radar […]

Norway ready for spying of its own

The Norwegian defense department’s brand new surveillance vessel, dubbed in local media as the country’s “spy ship,” is taking over intelligence-gathering duties this year at a time of renewed tensions with Russia. Some experts on Russian relations warn the ship may provoke Russian officials, just when cooperation is needed on a wide range of issues including […]

US wants more military in Norway

US officials want to boost their military presence in Northern Norway, at a time of rising tensions with bordering Russia. Their Norwegian counterparts appear to be rolling out the welcome mat but opposition politicians want to roll it back up, calling more US military presence in the Norwegian Arctic “an unnecessary provocation.” “Opening up for more American […]

Solberg rejects Russian ‘rhetoric’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has forcefully rejected what she called “Cold War rhetoric” from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the weekend. Just hours after leaving an international security conference in Munich, she blamed Russia for stirring up rising tensions between Russia and many other countries over the past two years. “It was Russia that […]