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A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.

The president warns against hostile action and terrorism in the Arctic and says regional oil installations must be protected. At the same time, he signs a law, empowering oil companies to establish their own armed forces.

A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.

The president warns against hostile action and terrorism in the Arctic and says regional oil installations must be protected. At the same time, he signs a law, empowering oil companies to establish their own armed forces.

Russia plans to resume testing of the submarine-launched ballistic missile Bulava this summer. The country’s two newest strategic nuclear-powered submarines will start trials as soon as the ice conditions in the White Sea will allow.

A monument devoted to the “creators of the Russian nuclear shield” is to be erected at Belushya Guba, the main settlement at the Novaya Zemlya.

Military paratroopers have have landed on the North Pole. See amazing video of 90 paratroopers with heavy gear jumping out in minus 70 degrees celsius.

Security situation in Europe was highlighted when the Defense Ministers from five Nordic countries met in Tromsø to discuss strengthening their joint military cooperation.

Unmanned aerial vehicles are flying over Russian Arctic waters as the Northern Fleet’s new drone division is taken into operation.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry says NATO’s decision to suspend cooperation resembles Cold War-style sword swinging.

The annual Norwegian-Russian emergency drill “Exercise Barents” will be arranged as planned in the border areas in the Varanger Fjord in June.

“Next is the further development of the combat personnel of our armed forces, including in the Arctic region,” the Russian President said.

As Russian fighter jets step up military training near the border to Finland, President Sauli Niinistö reiterates his country’s special position on the big eastern neighbor.

Cooperation in the north will be more difficult, but both Norway and Russia have strong self-interest in maintaining good relations, according to experts BarentsObserver has contacted.

Cooperation between Norway and Russia’s Border Commissioners will continue as planned, says Norwegian Border Commissioner Colonel Ivar Sakserud.