Hillary Clinton is planning her first trip to Norway as U.S. Secretary of State, and will come to northern Norway in June, according to NRK.
Clinton will visit Bodø, Tromsø or Kirkenes during her time in the Norwegian Arctic. The trip provides a very important opportunity for Norway and the United States, who are NATO allies, to strengthen their relationship in the area of northern issues.
Clinton came to Norway in 2004 to visit Svalbard and observe the effects of climate change on the Arctic.
The U.S. Secretary of State has spoken many times on environmental issues and is involved in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a global effort launched in February 2012 to fight climate change and strengthen energy security.
As U.S. Secretary of State, Clinton’s job invoves “acting as the President’s representative at all international forums; negotiating treaties and other international agreements, and conducting everyday, face-to-face diplomacy,” according to the state department’s website.
A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.
“Young journalists are the future of cross border communication in the North. We feel it is important to give them a possibility to network and learn about new media”, says Virpi Komulainen, project coordinator of the Barents Mediasphere.