Helicopter wreckage set to be retrieved

A remote-controlled submarine sent to Svalbard by the Norwegian military has located the wreckage of a Russian helicopter that crashed into the sea off Barentsburg in the Arctic island group last week. All eight on board the helicopter are presumed dead. Around 40 Russian search and rescue experts including 17 divers arrived in Barentsburg on […]

Search widened for missing helicopter

UPDATED: The search continued on Friday for a Russian MI-8 helicopter with eight people on board that crashed into the sea just off Svalbard’s Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg late Thursday afternoon. Norwegian authorities mounted a major search and rescue operation, but it’s believed the helicopter sank to the seafloor. The search was expanded Friday […]

Russians jammed flights’ GPS

Norway’s military intelligence unit (Forsvarets Etterretningstjeneste) confirmed to state broadcaster NRK on Friday that Russian military training exercises taking place across the border from Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark last month jammed the on-board global positioning systems (GPS) of airline flights from both SAS and Widerøe. The Russians reportedly were practicing electronic warfare when the […]

Russia gives in to Norway’s demands

Russian authorities are now promising that a highly controversial floating nuclear power plant won’t have used radioactive fuel on board while it’s being transported through the Baltic and all along Norway’s long coastline north to Murmansk next year. Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende is relieved. “This is in line with the requests of Norwegian authorities regarding […]

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 […]