-Russians are welcome to Norway, the Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion said when presenting the new Norwegian white paper on work immigration today. The new Norwegian legislation might mark a historic point in Norwegian-Russian cross-border relations
It would be in the West’s interest to include Russia in its political, economic and security plans, researcher Michael Emerson from the Centre for European Policy Studies writes in a new paper. He believes the next EU-Russia treaty should include emphasis on visa-free travel, free trade in goods and services, as well as rules relating to energy investments
A court in Arkhangelsk this week announced that election results from two polling stations in this May’s local city mayor’s elections were incorrect, but left the overall election results undisputed. Election loser Tatiana Bazanova now says she will bring her case to an international court.
In their meeting with Arkhangelsk Governor Ilya Mikhalchuk this week, representatives of the Nordic Council highlighted the importance of a continued strengthening of cross-border cooperation. Governor Mikhalchuk on his side stressed the joint interests of the parties.
The Russian government is increasing state ownership stakes in all sectors of the Russian economy, but still underlines that it has no plans to change its economic policy or nationalize large parts of the economy. Also in Norway, the government is increasing its ownership in companies, among them energy giant StatoilHydro.
The new EU Communication on the Arctic downplays potential security challenges in the Arctic and instead highlights the importance of stability, cooperation and a sustainable marine environment, Gunnar Sander from the European Environmental Agency said at a conference in Kirkenes, Norway, today.
-I think we have an excellent opportunity to reset the relationship between the United States and Russia on a whole host of issues, U.S. President Barack Obama said after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday.
The Barents Cooperation helps create trust and is useful for both the national and regional levels of power, Russian State Duma representative Valentina Pivnenko highlighted in this week’s Barents Parliamentary Conference.