Amid growing concerns in Oslo over Russia’s recent military expansion in the Arctic region, the Norwegian Defense Ministry has called on US President-elect Donald Trump to put forth a clear and predictable policy towards Russia as soon as possible, Reuters reported
"What is most important to us right now is to have both a predictable and a very clear policy on Russia," Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide told Reuters.
"The earlier and the clearer that the new administration comes out with this, the better it is, also for European security," she added.
On Thursday, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg spoke over the phone with Trump, during which the former highlighted her concerns over Russia’s military stance. Soereide said Trump reassured Solberg of Washington’s commitment to NATO.
Donald Trump made headlines during the US presidential election when he said the US wouldn’t necessarily come to the aid of NATO allies in the event of a Russian invasion, prompting many European leaders to seek assurance from the president-elect that the US continues to be committed to common security.