“We have clearly expressed to the Russian Embassy in Oslo that listed people are not wanted on Svalbard,” says Head of Communication with the Foreign Ministry, Frode Andersen, to BarentsObserver late Saturday evening.
Frode O. Andersen is head of communication with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
“It is therefore regrettable that Rogozin stays at Svalbard,” Andersen continues.
“We have asked Russian authorities for an explanation.”
It is still unclear how Dmitry Rogozin traveled to Svalbard. He has likely arrived with a Russian charter aircraft directly to Longyearbyen airport. The Deputy Prime Minister travels together with Governor of the Nenets Autonomus Okrug, Igor Koshin. The governor’s press officer says to BarentsObserver that they after Svalbard are heading towards the North Pole.
Norway will now consider reinforced measures regarding entry to Svalbard.
“From the Norwegian side we will consider reinforced measures concerning entry, also including Svalbard,” Frode Andersen says to BarentsObserver.
Rogozin’s appearance on Svalbard was unkown to Norwegian authorities before being contacted by BarentsObserver.
EU’s sanctions list where Dmitry Rogozin is included, also followed by Norway, was made in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March last year and later expanded in reponse to the growing unrest and war in Eastern Ukraine. The individuals on the list, including Dmitry Rogozin, are sanctioned because of what Norway and the EU claims are direct involvement in destabilizing the situation in Eastern Ukraine.
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.