“Our cooperation with Russia on nuclear safety creates better safety for the citizens of both countries. This work is also important for the safe management of the large sea areas in the north, State Secretary Torgeir Larsen says.
Larsen was head of the Norwegian delegation to a meeting in the Norwegian-Russian Nuclear Safety Commission in St. Petersburg last week.
Cooperation on nuclear safety has an important place in Norway’s bilateral cooperation with Russia. A joint exercise focusing on information and warning of nuclear incidents is important to in order to establish new procedures.
Norway has on some occasions criticized Russia for not warning Norway about incidents on the country’s nuclear installations close to the border. For instance, no Norwegian authorities were informed by Russian officials when the nuclear powered submarine “Yekaterinburg” caught fire in December 2011 in a floating dock outside Murmansk.
When a five meter high oil voltage transformer exploded at the Kola Nuclear Power Plant during a hurricane in January 2010, the plant’s management called the episode “an incident” and failed to report it to the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The meeting in St. Petersburg also focused on the ongoing Norwegian-Russian joint expedition in the Kara Sea, which is scheduled to end on September 23 in Kirkenes. The purpose of the survey is to gain new and updated knowledge about radioactive contamination, particularly in relation to the nuclear submarine K-27.
Norway and Russia will cooperate on arranging an international conference on continued international efforts to improve nuclear safety in Russia. The conference will be held in Moscow this autumn, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry’s web site reads.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.