In Chicago, NATO will conclude its Deterrence and Defense Posture Review. In an Op-Ed posted in the New York Times on Tuesday, Jonas Gahr Støre and Radoslaw Sikorski write on the need for NATO and Russia to include tactical nukes in further weapons reductions talk.
“It is high time to hold a meaningful dialogue between NATO and Russia on nuclear issues in general, and on tactical nuclear weapons in particular,” the two foreign ministers write.
U.S. has an unknown number of tactical nuclear warheads Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. Russia has naval- and air force based tactical nuclear weapons stored on the Kola Peninsula, in short distance from the border to Norway. In addition, strategic nuclear warheads - ready to launch within minutes – are based onboard submarines with homeports along the coast from Murmansk towards the Norwegian border.
Støre and Sikorski say the ratification of the New Start treaty of 2010 raised expectations that arms control would be extended to cover tactical nuclear weapons.
“The Chicago summit should send a strong signal of NATO’s resolve to engage with Russia on nuclear issues. Our aim is to strengthen the partnership between NATO and Russia, and to contribute to Euro-Atlantic security,” the two foreign ministers write.
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.