Norway objects to floating nuke plant

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, backed by other Nordic leaders, is demanding answers from Russian authorities over its plans to tow a floating nuclear power station by barge from St Petersburg through the Baltic and Kattegat and all along Norway’s coast to Murmansk in the far north. Protests over the shipment mark another rise in tensions between […]

More refugees arrive from Russia

Police in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark have demanded an answer from Russian authorities as to why they allowed six asylum seekers to cross the border into Norway this week. Norwegian authorities thought they had an agreement with their Russian counterparts on strict border control. News bureau NTB reported Thursday that the six asylum seekers, […]

Norwegian troops arrive in Lithuania

UPDATED: More than 200 men and women in the Norwegian Army have arrived in Lithuania in recent weeks. They’re part of NATO’s “Enhanced Forward Presence” operation, which involves troop placement in NATO’s Baltic member states bordering on Russia. The operation, also called “eFP,” was formed in response to Russia’s highly contended annexation of Crimea and intervention in […]

Russia arrests four at Norwegian border

Russian border guards have reportedly arrested four people for trying to cross the country’s northern border into Norway. Russian security agency FSB, which is responsible for the country’s border guard service, said those arrested are citizens of Morocco. The Independent Barents Observer, the Kirkenes-based news service that specializes in covering Arctic issues, reported that it remained unclear […]

Trawler remains trapped in Murmansk

The Norwegian owner of the fishing trawler Remøy has called its arrest in Murmansk and the subsequent idling of its crew “surreal,” and they refuse to pay around EUR 9 million for its release. The vessel was still stuck in the Northern Russian port city this week after it was seized on May 11. Russian […]

Ailing Norwegian Air calls for ‘air-brexit’

Just a day after Norway’s gateway airport north of Oslo was celebrating its major expansion, one of its biggest customers was setting off strong turbulence within the local airline industry. Norwegian Air, faced with mounting losses, wants the Norwegian government to pull out of a long-time Scandinavian agreement involving flight routes over Russia, while arch-rival SAS claims […]

Norway won’t lift Russian sanctions

Norwegian Trade Minister Monica Mæland, who just returned from a conciliatory trip to China, was off on another mission to Russia this week, but there the tone was different. Mæland disappointed business and industrial officials when she confirmed that Norway has no intention of lifting its economic sanctions against Russia, at least not yet. “Sanctions against Russia […]

Russian nuclear sub set to sail along the coast

The world’s largest nuclear submarine, Russia’s Dmitry Donskoy, is reportedly set to sail along Norway’s entire coast from north to south and then into the Baltic this summer. The planned voyage is sparking some concern, but also fascination. The Independent Barents Observer (external link) reported that the mighty vessel is expected to make the long trip from […]

‘Sensible’ Brende back in Russia

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende tried to dismiss his Russian counterpart’s greeting on Wednesday as a joke, but the words from Sergey Lavrov lingered: Brende’s first visit to Russia since Norway’s neighbour controversially annexed Crimea three years ago was, according to Lavrov, “at least a sign” that Brende and his colleagues had understood that they needed “to come […]

Russia issues new warning to Norway

Russia’s embassy in Oslo has been issuing more complaints about the Norwegians this week. The Russian officials are unhappy about the large winter military exercises going on in Finnmark, Northern Norway, and they’re also warning again of consequences if Norway opts to become part of NATO’s controversial missile defense system. The Russian Embassy called the […]