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Russia is conducting an air force exercise involving more than 25 fighter jets and fighter bombers of different types in the Barents Sea area.

Security service agents from Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Nenets conduct a major joint exercise at one of the country’s main Arctic oil installations.

Barents Sea monitoring

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.

Illustration: Mil.ru

Russia’s Kirkenes Brigade, a unit under the powerful Northern Fleet, recently commemorated all of its 82 men falled in combat action in Chechnya.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

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 KNM Otto Sverdrup (mil.no)

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.

Medvedev and the Security Council (kremlin.ru)

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.

The town of Nikel

Police in the Russian border town of Nikel has revealed an illegal collection of 2WW armament and equipment. The “museum” is located in the basement of the local scouts’ offices.

Photo: BarentsPhoto.com

There is a major potential for exports of Russian submarines, the Russian military export company Rosoboronexport maintains. The company believes Russia could export up to 40 submarines by 2015.

Illustration: Canada.bc.ca

The Canadian military is this week conducting several operations in the Arctic is a bid to show the country’s increasing presence and strength in region.

Aeroflot-Nord at Murmansk airport.

A Norwegian citizen is under investigation by FSB after the customs at Murmansk airport found illegal maps and suspicious technical devices.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt at Titovka on the Kola Peninsula in October 2009.

Sweden and Poland’s Foreign Ministers urge Russia to withdraw its tactical nuclear weapons from both Kaliningrad and the Kola Peninsula.

Evgeny Nikora (left), Linda Randal, Sergey Stepashin and Jørgen Kosmo at the Russian soldier monument in Kirkenes.

Visiting the border town of Kirkenes on Tuesday, Russia’s Accounting Chamber chairman Sergey Stepashin and his Norwegian counterpart Jørgen Kosmo laid flowers at the Russian soldier monument.

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.

Sergei Ivanov together with Vladimir Putin (Photo: mil.ru)

Russia will spend 13 trillion RUB on new armament in the period 2011-2020, Vice Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov confirms.