The Russian Embassy in Oslo calls its relations with Norway ‘unsatisfactory’

UPDATED: Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende claimed on Thursday that he’d had “a useful conversation” with his Russian counterpart, Sergej Lavrov, at the G20 summit in Bonn. On Friday, the Russian Embassy in Oslo sent out a very different message, claiming in a “comment” published on social media that Russia’s “bilateral relation” with Norway is “unsatisfactory” and “not […]

Norway and Russia friendly up north

Despite lots of tough official language and rising tensions lately, Norwegians and Russians continue to get along well in the northern area around their shared border. That was confirmed last week at the annual Kirkenes Conference and Barents Spectacle, two events that continue to cement strong ties and nurture good relations. Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende […]

Military intelligence unit the latest to warn about Russia

Norway’s millitary intelligence unit, known as E-tjenesten, became the latest state institution to warn that Russia can influence the outcome of national elections in September. Its leader, Gen Lt Morten Haga Lunde, called for new defense methods in Norway to ward off the threat that’s believed to be coming from the Kremlin. “Based on Russia’s capacity […]

Norway subject to major hacker attack

Several of Norway’s most important institutions, including the foreign and defense ministries, have been warned by state police intelligence PST that they’ve been subjected to a major Russian hacker attack. PST was hit as well, and describes the attack as “malicious and vicious.” PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) said it was itself warned of the attack by […]

Russia ‘regrets’ MPs’ ‘postponed’ visit

The Russian Embassy in Oslo has expressed regrets that a visit to Moscow by the Norwegian Parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee has been “postponed,” after two of its members were denied visas to Russia. Russian officials take no blame, however, for what’s led to a conflict that the Norwegians call “extremely unfortunate.” It prompted Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge […]

Norway files official protest with Russia

Two of Norway’s most high-ranking Members of Parliament, both of them party leaders, were denied visas to Russia on Wednesday. That prompted the Parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee, of which the two MPs were members, to cancel a planned trip to Moscow tomorrow. Foreign Minister Børge Brende was calling in the Russian ambassador Wednesday […]

Islamists and Russia pose biggest threat

In a chilling return to Cold War rhetoric, the head of Norway’s police inteligence unit PST declared on Wednesday that Russia has the intention and ability to greatly damage Norway and Norwegian interests. Islamic extremists, however, are still considered the biggest threat. In her annual assessment of the threats facing Norway, the chief of PST (Politiets […]

Political leaders bound for Moscow

For the first time since Russia controversially annexed Crimea, a high-ranking delegation from the Norwegian Parliament will be traveling to Moscow next week for talks with their Russian counterparts. Themes will range from Arctic issues to the situation in Syria and human rights. “We think it’s important to have contact with the national assembly in a neighbouring […]

US Marines have landed in Norway

As expected, 300 members of the US Marine Corps landed at Værnes airport in Trondheim on Monday, part of a so-called Marine Rotation Force Europe. Their leader, Colonel Douglas Bruun, said it was “outstanding” to be in Norway and he thought the January weather was “perfect.” “The snow and cold weather is exactly what we’re […]

‘Fancy Bear’ also growls at Norway

The same group of hackers that intelligence officials believe swung the US election in favour of Donald Trump has also attacked Norwegian targets within the military and foreign service. Called “Fancy Bear,” computer security experts believe Russia is behind the hacking that’s aimed at political manipulation and destablization of western democracies. Tom Finney of Secureworks, a […]