Contents tagged with Norway

  • Norway: Russia is responsible for peace in the Crimea

    In response to the Russian accusations that Ukraine has prepared sabotage actions in the Crimea, the Norwegian minister of foreign affairs, Børge Brende, stated that Russia bears special responsibility for avoiding further escalation of the situation around the Crimea, the press service of the Embassy of Ukraine in Norway reported on Sunday.

    “Norway stands in solidarity with the rest of the global community concerning the international legal status of the Crimea. The Crimea is and will be a …

  • 45 percent of Norwegians consider Russia to be a serious threat to their country

    Almost half of Norwegians think that Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin, are a serious threat to their country, as shown in the results of an Ipsos poll conducted for Dagbladet, Norwegian channel TV2 reported.

    In particular, 1,000 people answered the question "to what extent does Russia and its President pose a real threat to the security of Norway?" 8% of respondents answered that the threat is very significant and 37% said it is significant.

    44% of respondents believe that the threat …

  • Norway is upgrading its defense capabilities due to 'unpredictable actions' of Russia

    The Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg announced that Norway has begun a large scale strengthening of its defense capability and an upgrade of the military sector for protection from unpredictable actions by the Russian Federation, Deutsche Welle reported.

    According to the proposed law that should be approved by the Parliament, Norway plans to increase its military budget by 165 billion crowns (17.5 billion Euros) during the next 20 years. Solberg said the planned upgrade is the largest …

  • Norway will take part in the construction of small hydroelectric plants in Ukraine

    Norway is interested in cooperation with Ukraine on the development of environmentally friendly technologies. This was announced by the Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Ukraine, Jon Fredriksen during a meeting with the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Igor Nasalik, about the Congress "Energy Spring 2016", Nasalik’s press service reported.

    Representatives of the Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce informed the Minister about the status of the …

  • Norway to build fence along Russian border

    Norway intends to build a fence at the checkpoint "Borisoglebsk - Storskog" on the border with Russia, as reported by the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company, NRK, with reference to the local police chief, Katrina Ellen Hetta.

    Norwegian authorities have already notified Russia of its intention.

    The Nordic state has insisted that the fence will not impact traffic across the border, but will help with the increasing flow of migrants.

  • Demonstration against Russian company's construction of nuclear reactor held in Finland

    On the 26th of April, about 10 demonstrators broke into the construction site of a nuclear reactor in the north of Finland. Several more participants demonstrating against the construction of the nuclear power plant laid on the ground in order to block the road to the site, which is jointly carried out by the Finnish concern Fennovoima, and the Russian company Rosatom. The police detained 40 demonstrators.

    “We want to remind people that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was built by the …

  • US to build radar system along Russian-Norwegian border

    RBC reported on March 30th that the US will build a new military radar system in the Norwegian Vardø municipality on the border with Russia. The new military radar will be an upgraded model of the Globus II, which was installed in the late 1990s and is currently still in use. Work will begin in the summer of 2017 and will take about three years to complete. The US intends to spend 118 million to upgrade Globus II.

    Norwegian Intelligence claims that Norway will be able to monitor objects in …

  • Police chief in Norwegian province asks government for power to close border with Russia

    The Head of the Police of Finnmark, Norway,  Helen Catherine Haetta, appealed to the government p grant the police the right to close the border with Russia.  

    “Memories of the autumn events are still fresh.  Because of this, one should consider the physical non-permanent closure of the border for a number of security reasons.  The Head of the Police of that region should have the authority to do that,” Haetta wrote in a letter to the government.  

    She also mentioned that such measures can be …

  • Norway to allocate 4 million euros for humanitarian aid to Ukraine

    Norway will allocate about 40 million kroner (more than 4 million euros) for humanitarian aid to Ukraine.  This was reported on the 8th of February by the press service of Norway’s government.

    “The humanitarian situation in some regions of Ukraine is very serious.  Five million people need help, including 1.5 million internal migrants.  Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the cold weather of winter,” said the State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, …

  • Lithuania to Import more Gas from Norway than Russia in 2016

    In 2016, Lithuania will import more gas from Norway than from Russia, as stated by the Minister of Energy of Lithuania, Rokas Masiulis, Reuters reports.

    Russian Gazprom enjoyed a monopoly on the Lithuanian gas market before the end of 2014, when Lithuania opened a floating liquefied gas terminal.  This allowed tankers from Norway to supply gas to Lithuania.

    The volume of imports of liquefied natural gas to Lithuania this year is expected to triple following the signing of two new agreements …