Norway’s Intelligence Service will soon get a new “Marjata” vessel to operate in the Barents Sea. The vessel will be the world’s most advanced of its kind and will secure Norway’s need for information in the High North the next 30 years.
Norway plans its largest military exercise in Finnmark in nearly fifty years with 5000 soldiers taking part in exercise Joint Viking in March. – Choice of location is without relevance to Russia, says Armed Forces, – The exercise will provoke Russia, says military analyst.
The police in the streets of Norway have historically remained unarmed. Not so any more. As of today, patrolling police officers will carry gun because of the threat that they could be targeted by terrorists.
President Vladimir Putin confirms that on a new strategic formation will be established on Monday – the Northern Fleet-United Strategic Command. The formation will have as its main objective to defend Russia’s interests in the Arctic.
The most comprehensive and long-standing cooperation the U.S. has in the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions might end as Russia says no new projects are envisioned for 2015. “A big setback,” says nuclear physicist Nils Bøhmer with the Bellona Foundation.
Members of a Swedish civic organisation collected and delivered more than 20,000 signatures from individuals protesting the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant in northwest Finland by the power consortium Fennovoima.
“It is more important for us to sell quality and unique experiences than cheap products for mass tourism,” says Kåre Tannvik, adventure developer with Kirkenes Snowhotel. Weak ruble and krone will not alone boost tourism to Russia and Norway.
Arctic warming is setting off changes that affect people and the environment in this fragile region, and has broader effects beyond the Arctic on global security, trade, and climate, a new report reads.
Russia will file a claim with the UN by the end of March 2015 to expand the boundaries of its continental shelf in the Arctic. Conflicting territorial claims with Denmark will be solved via bilateral talks, the Russian Government says.