Conservative leader Erna Solberg forms a minority government with the Progress party with parliament backing from the Liberals and Christian Democrats based on an agreement not to open for controversial Arctic oil drilling.
With Vladimir Putin as Russias prime minister, the federal ministries are bolstered with a number of new powers, while agencies and services lose independence. Among the losers is the State Committee of Fisheries.
United Nations Convention on Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) has never been ratified by USA. During the Arctic Ocean Conference on Greenland, USA has given clear indications that they might change view on this issue.
U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Barrack Obama calls for a review of Russia’s bid to join the World Trade Organisation following the country’s intervention in the South Ossetia conflict this week.
-The strategic partnership of the EU and Russia has been based on common values. It is most obvious that we are not in such a situation now. We can still talk about common interests, but not common values, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt says.
In a video address, Russian President Dmitrii Medvedev yesterday said Russia should do what it can to get maximum benefits from the world financial crisis. He believes the crisis can make Russia stronger.
EU Council President Nicolas Sarkozy in last Friday’s EU-Russia summit said that the two parts should elaborate on the possible establishment of a common economic area. In the meeting, EU also expressed openness towards the Russian proposal on a new pan-European security treaty.