Oslo called off its environmental minister’s visit to Moscow, cancels military cooperation, but has no objections that Statoil expands cooperation in the Barents Sea with one of Putin’s most important source of income; Rosneft. Igor Sechin and Helge Lund met in Norway on Monday.
The Korean Hyundai yard is postponing the delivery of the Goliat platform, the first oil production unit made for Norwegian Arctic waters. Meanwhile, production in the Norwegian Sea continues to decline.
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.