The Norwegian Foreign Ministry will invest a major sum in the development of an extensive new surveillance system for the High North. With the help of satellites, ships, airplanes, radar systems and sensors at sea, Norway will have the whole picture.
Several cabinet members in both Finland and Sweden say the crisis in Georgia shows that an enhanced debate on NATO membership must be taken. Meanwhile, hardliners in Russia say NATO membership will harm relations with the two countries.
The Norwegian Navy’s new state of the art vessel, the “KNM Otto Sverdrup” last Friday raised flag at Spitsbergen. –There is a high political focus on the High North and it is important that we show our presence, the ship captain underlined.
The main idea behind this document can be described as security through development, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said about the country’s new National Security Strategy. Contrary to expectations, the president did not adopt the document in his meeting with the Security Council today.
New cameras along the Norwegian border to Russia help the police and border guards in detecting border violations. Recently the cameras detected two cases of illegal border crossings – both from Norway into Russia.