DN: Norway is the only country that will not have a minister physically present during NATO meeting

Ine Eriksen SøreidePhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) will not travel physically to NATO’s foreign ministers meeting next week. 

According to Dagens Næringsliv’s (DN) sources, Norway’s foreign minister will be one of the very few who will not get to meet Antony Blinken, the United States’ new foreign minister.

Communications manager Trude Måseide at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the newspaper that, among other things, Søreide has debates in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) the day after the meeting in Brussels and that a trip would put her in quarantine at that time.

Director Iver B. Neumann at Fridtjof Nansen’s Institute calls the decision not to travel to Brussels a misjudgment.

“Most countries allow their ministers to travel and have them vaccinated. In Norway, the Prime Minister almost makes it a point that she will wait. There is a striking lack of will to lead from the front,” he told DN. 

“I believe we have safeguarded Norwegian foreign policy interests well through the pandemic through the use of digital meetings and conversations,” Ine Eriksen Søreide responded.

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2 Comments on "DN: Norway is the only country that will not have a minister physically present during NATO meeting"

  1. Washington Post has a front page article the Russians wanted to “influence” the 2020 election to prevent Joe Biden from winning … for some reason.

    Meanwhile BulgarianMilitary com is reporting that we mean to make a big issue out of Assad supposedly conducting chemical attacks on his people – another Ghouta 2013 or Douma 2018 false flag in the making … by the British and their White Helmets front, perchance? – and that we Americans are about to make a major weapons move across the Syria/Iraq border at the checkpoints we bombed.

    That is, we are calling out the Russians in Syria.

    Suicidal insanity.


    Democrats might pause to consider that if they get all our major cities nuked, not only will much of their “popular vote” strength die … horribly … the Republicans surviving outside the target zones will want to see justice done.

  2. If this means Norway isn’t going to go along with a Blinken “liberal interventionist” agenda – supporting us re-escalating our (illegal) war against Assad in Syria and our “assertive” confrontation with Russia … up here as well as soon in Syria and probably Ukraine – does Norway have to worry about another terrorist attack?

    … remembering here State Dept. spokesman John Kirby in 2016 – he’s back, as Pentagon spokesman, incidentally. APNews, 29Sep16, “Kirby, asked Wednesday what the consequences would be for Russia if cooperation with the U.S. in Syria collapsed, said “that extremists and extremists groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there … which will include, no question, attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities, …””

    I mentioned Kirby’s threat in my white paper submitted to the 10-12Oct16 Norwegian Defence University seminar on the legality/illegality of Norway’s involvement in the Syrian war, which I actively attended.

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