Russia: US will send ships to Norway

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A Russian diplomat has claimed that American authorities are hoping to place warships in Norwegian waters as part of the planned NATO missile defense system.

The Russian ambassador to NATO, Dmitrij Rogozin, told news agency NTB that “when I talked with my American colleagues, they did not rule out the possibility of placing missile defense systems in Norwegian waters.” “I do not know if the Norwegian leadership has given its approval to such a development,” Rogozin added.

Rogozin came to Norway on Monday to find out whether “Norwegian leaders understand all the implications of such a scenario.” Wikileaks documents released in January showed that American diplomats had spent some time trying to convince the Norwegian government to support the missile defense system.

Relations between Norway and Russia had been improving recently despite disputes over salmon imports, human rights and other issues.

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