Chief of Armed Forces Eirik Kristoffersen believes that Norway and Russia must talk more to reduce tensions between the countries.
“We had a dialogue during the Cold War, and we see that the dialogue that is taking place in Afghanistan with the Taliban is absolutely crucial for us to move forward,” Kristoffersen said, according to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
The Chief of Defense points out that this dialogue will not necessarily solve anything but that it must still be pursued. Kristoffersen says there is no doubt that both Russia and China have become more assertive.
A challenging situation
“It is a challenging security situation. The most dangerous thing that can happen to Norway, NATO, and the world is an open conflict with Russia. Fortunately, it is not so likely,” he added.
Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen (H), for his part, believes that Russia should show more openness and predictability.
“When Russia did an exercise just off Andøya, it was an example where we think that, as good neighbors, they could take some action to be more predictable,” he noted.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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