Despite cold political climate, the U.S. and Russia cooperated on a secret September voyage with Highly-enriched uranium from Poland to Murmansk. Norwegian radiation authorities not informed before the vessel sailed into its economical zone.
Norway plans its largest military exercise in Finnmark in nearly fifty years with 5000 soldiers taking part in exercise Joint Viking in March. – Choice of location is without relevance to Russia, says Armed Forces, – The exercise will provoke Russia, says military analyst.
“It is timely to look into what we are going to spend Norwegian money on. Russia must take responsibility,” says Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende commenting on the increase in radioactive waste to be accumulated as Russia’s nuclear submarine construction hit post-Soviet peak.
The snap combat readiness exercise for the Northern Fleet that was initiated on Monday has led to a sharp increase in military activity in the high north. Aircraft and paratroopers are being relocated from other bases in Russia to the Arctic.
The Northern Fleet’s destroyer “Severomorsk” is heading home after a five month long mission to the Mediterranean. On the way, the vessel will be conducting drills in the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.
A new report on potential Nordic defence cooperation is today handed over to the Swedish government. In the report, the Armed Forces present more than 140 proposals on how to strengthen cooperation between Sweden, Norway and Finland.
The Indian submarine “Sindhuvijay” yesterday arrived in the Norwegian port of Tromsø for a four-day visit. The Russian-made submarine comes from Severodvinsk (Arkhangelsk Oblast) where it has undergone upgrades at the Zvezdochka plant.