Norway calls for more US ‘humility’

The Norwegian government doesn’t think the US-led withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan last month was the “extraordinary success” that US President Joe Biden thinks it was. Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide is calling for more “humility” when NATO evaluates how it spent the past 20 years. Søreide flew to Washington DC late last week […]

Norway grateful for Lithuania’s help

Amidst all the Norwegian media hype over Russia’s release of convicted spy Frode Berg, Norway’s government has stressed what it called the “crucial” assistance it received from Lithuanian officials. Lithuania facilitated the spy swap needed to bring Berg home, and that points up strong ties between the two countries ever since Lithuania’s own release from […]

Norway drops missile defense program

Just weeks before meeting Russian officials in the northern city of Kirkenes, to celebrate how the former Soviet Union liberated Finnmark from Nazi German occupation n 1944, Norwegian government officials have made a concession to their neighbours. They won’t be going along with the US- and NATO-backed missile defense program after all. Norway was under […]

Macron welcomed Solberg in Paris

Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris this week and appreciated his warm welcome. Calls have gone out for Norway to improve its relations with France, but Solberg seemed to think they’re quite good already. “The ties between Norway and France are strong, and this visit has strengthened our relations further,” […]

NATO’s boss was ‘back home’ again

It was his older sister Camilla’s 60th birthday on Monday but NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg was formally back in Norway on an official visit. Family parties were set aside as the former Norwegian prime minister tackled issues ranging from defense funding to tensions with Russia and Turkey. He flatly refused to answer questions about the […]

NATO boss ‘surprised’ by extended term

Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who became secretary general of NATO in 2014, said he was “surprised” but also “honoured” that his term of duty was extended this week by another two years. He thinks it gives him an even stronger mandate than he already had. “I was under the impression that there […]

Norway ‘shamed’ over ‘nuclear nod’

Opponents of nuclear weapons were claiming that Norway should be ashamed of itself, for once again failing last week to support a UN resolution to ban them. Another 123 countries had already agreed to negotiate a “legally binding instrument to forbid nuclear weapons.” Norway instead joined the US, Russia, Great Britain, France and 33 other countries in voting […]

The Alliance strikes back under Jens

NATO, the world’s largest defense alliance, is not “obsolete,” according to the former Norwegian prime minister leading it, Jens Stoltenberg. He’s had to be on the defensive himself this week, after more unexpected rumblings from the man moving into the White House on Friday, Donald Trump, but the unflappable Stoltenberg seems to be taking it all in stride. Stoltenberg […]

Turkish officials seek asylum in Norway, embassy in Oslo dismisses their fears

UPDATED: Scores of Turkish military officers and diplomats who’ve been serving at embassies and with NATO in Europe have defected and sought political asylum, including several now in Norway. Newspaper VG reported Thursday night that they all fear being imprisoned and even tortured or killed if they return home to Turkey. Turkey’s embassy in Oslo dismissed their fears on Friday, […]

Russia reacts to any missile defense aid

Russia is not at all happy that the Norwegian government is studying how it can contribute to NATO’s controversial missile defense system. Newspaper Klassekampen reported Thursday that the Russian Embassy in Oslo has reacted “sharply” and says it will be forced to mount a military response. Klassekampen reported last weekend that Norway was on its way to becoming […]