“The relationship between Norway and Russia has evolved in a positive direction during the years in which Putin has been the political leader,” says Støre in a statement after Vladimir Putin won a landslide victory in Russia’s presidential elections on Sunday.
Norway is ready to further develop the close cooperation with Putin’s Russia, a statement from the Foreign Ministry in Oslo reads. Norwegian authorities look forward to continuing the close cooperation with him when he takes over as president in May.
“Norway has for many years worked closely with Vladimir Putin, both in his previous presidency and during his time as prime minister,” says Jonas Gahr Støre.
Støre is at the same time concerned about the latest information from international observer from OSCE and the Council of Europe reporting that there are significant deficiencies in the conduct of the elections.
“We urge the Russian leadership to put greater emphasis on the development of rule of law, democracy and human rights,” Støre says.
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.