Norway’s Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner believes Norway has both great opportunities and a great responsibility in the north and wants to make northern Norway into the country’s most sustainable and creative regions.
This week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented Russia’s Foreign Minister two potatoes during his visit to Moscow. On Monday, Norway’s Foreign Minister is expected to question Russia’s ban on Norwegian fish.
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.
Russia’s actions in Ukraine could cause problems for international cooperation in the Arctic, says Iceland’s Prime Minister. Putin’s armor bearer, Dmitri Rogozin, calls for rearming after “overt threats” by NATO.
The Pasvik valley and Jarfjord area in Sør-Varanger municipality have the highest measured concentrations of SO₂in all of Norway. The source is the nickel industry in neighboring municipality of Pechenga.
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.