Russia’s Northern Fleet will be the base of a new strategic formation – Northern Fleet-United Strategic Command - that will have as its main objective to defend Russia’s interests in the Arctic. The new formation will include forces on the border to Norway and in the high Arctic.
County Governor of Finnmark, Gunnar Kjønnøy, rejects all claims of confusion in Russian financial statements. A new audit examination of Norway’s spending on replacement of nuclear lighthouses beat off earlier questions raised by Russian Accounts Chambers.
In course of the last week of December, Russia’s Northern Fleet received two brand new submarines. One new Borey-class ballistic missile submarine and one new Yasen-class attack submarine were put on duty in Russian Arctic waters before year-end.
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.