Norway’s foreign minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide, will be heading for Moscow to meet with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, probably in June. Søreide reportedly has said she looks forward to visit Moscow, where the two will have plenty to discuss after months of rising tensions.
Søreide made it clear last month that Norway wouldn’t agree to any meetings with Russian officials to address their complaints over how Norway runs Svalbard, over which Norway has sovereignty under the Svalbard Treat of 1920. Russia clearly wants more influence in the Arctic archipelago and has recently stepped up its criticism of Norwegian administration.
Søreide is willing to discuss and presumably nurture what diplomats call “the bilateral relation” between Norway and Russia, which share a border in the far north. Newspaper VG reported last week that that she’ll meet Lavrov in June, while news bureau NTB reported that a meeting before the summer holidays had been confirmed.
Norway and Russia also have a plan for regular consultations at the state-secretary and administrative level.