“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.
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.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
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.