It is important to maintain stability in NATO’s relations with Russia, said Defence Minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide, who faced a series of defense brakes in the United States.
Eriksen Søreide is attending the conference, Reagan National Defense Forum, and will include a meeting with former Defense Secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta.
At the conference, she expects that Donald Trump’s choice of defense minister, retired General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, will be frequently discussed.
Trump took the U.S. election calling for improved relations between the U.S.A. and Russia, and he was accused of receiving hidden Russian support during the election.
Eriksen Søreide believes, however, it is too early to say whether there will be any change in Washington policy toward Moscow.
‘I think everyone would do well to wait until Trump’s administration is inserted and then see what line they take. There are many different voices among those who have so far been
appointed positions in the administration’, she said.
The Defense Minister emphasised that stability in relations with Russia are important for Norway and our allies.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today