The first batch of chemical weapons left Syria on a Danish ship on January 7, according to newspaper VG. The passage of the chemicals through international waters is being safeguarded through the provision of ‘naval escorts’ from Russia, Denmark, Norway and China.
Under a deal worked out between the United States and Russia, Syriawill relinquish control of its chemical weapons and destroy its entire stockpile of 1,300 tonnes of sarin, mustard gas and other lethal agents.
Norway and Denmark in December offered naval frigates and specialized cargo vessels to transport chemical weapons out of Syria, as part of an international deal that averted U.S. missile strikes on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Denmark would lead the operation, while Norway would act as deputy commander.
The Norwegian vessel escorting the dangerous goods is the frigate “Helge Ingstad”. Since it was put into service in 2009, the vessel has visited Northern Fleet’s main base in Severomorsk twice in connection with the Norwegian-Russian naval exercise POMOR.
The Russian vessel escorting the Danish cargo ship is the missile cruiser “Petr Veliky”, says Eystein Kvarving, spokesperson for the Norwegian Navy. The vessel left its home base in October for a mission to the Mediterranean, as BarentsObserver reported. Together with other vessels from all four Russian fleets it has been conducting different tactical drills in the area before becoming part of the mission organized by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
The cruiser will probably be sailing in the area after the campaign is finished, as a part of the security around the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February 2014, a source close to the Navy General Headquarters told newspaper Izvestia.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.