STORSKOG: Queues are getting longer as traffic between Russia and Norway is now twice the capacity at the old border check-point. Chief of Police in Eastern Finnmark, Ellen Kathrine Hætta, urges funding to new facilities.
MURMANSK: A €26 million construction project is in pipeline for increasing the capacity by six times at Russia’s Borisoglebsk border check-point. Still no funding for replacing the outdated Norwegian Storskog check-point.
Companies trading with Russia are increasingly at unease as Russian Customs introduce a series of enhanced control measures along several of the country`s borders. In December, cross-border trade could face chaos as Russia exits international regulations on cross-border trucks traffic.
Russia is reconstructing abandoned Soviet airfields all over the Arctic, including in the Franz Josef Land, the Novaya Zemlya and New Siberian Islands. In addition, the Northern Fleet`s Severomorsk-1 is getting a facelift.
INARI: Forest expert Trude Myhre with WWF Norway says protecting the unique taiga forest is a key to fighting biodiversity loss and climate change. Recommendations for expanding protected areas were given at the Barents Enviro-Ministers’ meeting.
Expansion of the zone for visa-free border-crossing, cooperation in the Arctic, closer contact between the parliaments of the two nations and the situation for sexual minorities in Russia were among the issues up for discussion.