Norway’s Prime Minister Støre: No sign of increased tension in the north

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB
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There are no signs of increased tension in the north, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said on Wednesday. He did not want to speculate on what an invasion of Ukraine could mean for Norway’s relations with Russia.

“In the north and in the Nordic countries, we do not see any threats. There are no signs of increased tension in the north; on the contrary, Russia has moved some resources from the north towards this area,” Støre said when asked about the situation in Ukraine in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Wednesday.

Ine Eriksen Søreide (H), the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee leader, wanted to know what kind of consequences a possible Russian invasion would have for Norway’s relations with Russia.

“I do not want to speculate on a Russian invasion. If that happens, we will be in a new era,” Støre answered.

He added that an invasion would be a huge assault that significantly changed the situation.

“It goes without saying that it would have an impact on Russia’s relations with all countries,” he said, adding: “I believe that neighbors have to be in contact.”

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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1 Comment on "Norway’s Prime Minister Støre: No sign of increased tension in the north"

  1. Another big relief, to hear this. Tusen takk, Prime Minister Støre.
    And we don’t want to let anything or anyone raise tension in the North after this.
    We *need* the Russian people back as friends and fellow citizens of the West, and if we avoid threatening Russia, their government will not have justification/excuse for not allowing that and not finally liberalizing, albeit gradually and carefully.

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