Contents tagged with Norway

  • Russia accuses Norway of violating Svalbard Treaty

    The Russian Embassy in Norway said that Oslo violates its obligations under the Svalbard archipelago treaty. "There are problems with Svalbard [Treaty]. Our issues are practical and need to be addressed," reads the statement published on the Russian Embassy’s Facebook page.

    According to the Russian Embassy, Oslo violates the agreement because it issues "permits for the development of oil and gas deposits in the areas of the continental shelf which fall under the treaty."

    The Russian Embassy …

  • Belarus receives first shipment of Norwegian oil

    The first shipment of Norwegian oil arrived at the Naftan refinery in Belarus on January 26, reports BelTA.

    "59 containers with 3.5 thousand tons of oil have arrived from the port of Klaipeda to Novopolotsk by rail. The entire shipment of oil, 86,000 tons, from Norway, which was delivered by the ship Breiviken, will be transported to the Belarusian plant within two weeks," Naftan's statement reads.

    The contract for the supply of Russian oil to Belarus expired on January 1. The parties failed …

  • Belarus finds alternative to Russian oil

    The Belarusian Oil Company (BNK) has purchased 80,000 tons of oil from Norway, BelTA reports, citing the press service of Belneftekhim, the Belarusian State Concern for Oil and Chemistry.

    “The Belarusian Oil Company has purchased a batch of Norwegian oil. We’re talking about 80,000 tons. It is intended for refining at Naftan,” stated the press service, as cited by BelTA.

    Naftan is one of the two Belarusian oil refineries situated in the Vitebsk region. It is used to refine oil from Russia, …

  • Norway suspects Russian military of creating radio interference in its northern regions

    The Norwegian Defense Ministry reported that recent radio interference in the country has been caused by  the tests of the Russian frigate.

    According to the Aftenposten newspaper, there are failures in the work of radio equipment in the last few days in Northern Norway, including the Finnmark region, which is on the border with Russia. According to the Norwegian Communications Authority, the interference is linked to the tests of the Russian frigate Admiral Flota Kasatonov in the Barents Sea. …

  • NATO: Russia increased its presence in Norwegian Sea and North Atlantic

    Ten Russian submarines were spotted simultaneously in the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, said the NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu, as cited by RND.

    "Russia is constantly increasing its underwater capacity," Lungescu said.

    She pointed out that the activity of Russian submarines this year has reached the highest level since the end of the Cold War.

    "NATO will respond to this, in particular, with more patrols. In addition, NATO will invest in modern anti-submarine aerial combat …

  • Norwegian military concerned by Russian T-80BVM tanks deployed near Norway’s borders

    The Norwegian army needs new tanks in light of the modernized T-80BVM tanks which Russia has deployed on its border with Norway and Finland, said Lieutenant Colonel Per Espen Strande, Head of Communications for the Norwegian Army, on November 20.

    “Modern tanks are an integral part of any reliable army. Both our allies and our potential enemies have been upgrading. This deployment highlights the Norwegian Army’s need for new tanks as quickly as possible,” Norway’s TV 2 channel cites him as …

  • Russia releases Norwegian citizen accused of espionage

    Norwegian citizen Frode Berg has been deported from Russia to the Norwegian Embassy in Lithuania, reports the press service of the Norwegian government. Berg was convicted in Russia for espionage.

    Norwegian citizen Berg, as well as two Lithuanians Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, who were convicted in Russia for espionage, were exchanged for two Russian citizens Nikolai Filipchenko and Sergei Moisejenko.

    The exchange took place on the Lithuanian-Russian border. The day before, …

  • Norway: Russia has begun large-scale maneuvers in North Atlantic

    Russia has started maneuvers in the North Atlantic involving nuclear submarines, reported the Norwegian government-owned broadcasting company NRK, citing Norwegian military intelligence sources. According to the sources, this is the largest military exercise in the North Atlantic since the end of the Cold War.

    The intelligence sources cited by NRK report that 10 Russian submarines that were previously stationed at the Kola Peninsula have been involved in the exercise. Of the submarines, eight …

  • Russian nuclear submarines to test new weapons in Norwegian Sea

    Two nuclear submarines of the Russian Northern Fleet will work out deep-diving in the neutral waters of the Norwegian Sea. During the tests, new weapons will be tested, reports Interfax news agency wit reference to the press service of the Northern Fleet.

    As the press service of the Fleet reports, the crews of the nuclear-powered submarines (NPS) Nizhny Novgorod and Pskov began to practice the deep-diving in the Norwegian Sea. Submarines will work out the dive to the maximum depth which is …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: Norway could facilitate normalization of Russia-NATO relations

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed an opinion that Norway, with its diplomatic experience, could facilitate the normalization of relations between Russia and NATO, as reported by RIA Novosti. Lavrov added that there are no obstacles to that.

    Russian Foreign Minister added that Moscow is confident that when the countries of Europe and Western partners of the Russian Federation are ready to talk about building a security architecture, Norway will be among the leaders of such a …