Russia can not invade central parts of Norway
Even though the superpower Russia is resilient, the country has no chance of conquering key parts of Norway, Russian military experts told Aftenposten newspaper.
“Militarily, Russia is not ready for air or navy attacks on such a scale. There are no resources for such big operations,” said defence analyst, Aleksandr Golts to the newspaper.
Around 90,000 military personnel are deployed in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk. On the Norwegian side, the Sør-Varanger garrison consists of 500 soldiers, while another 4,500 soldiers form up the Brigade Nord. The NATO exercise, Trident Juncture, showed that Russia would need huge resources to invade Norway, believes Golts.
Military analyst, Mikhail Khodarenok has previously written that “in order to conquer central parts of Norway as far south as Tromsø, Russian forces must make a great offensive by land, sea and air.” To Aftenposten, he said that Russia does not have the capacity today. “Hypothetically, it is completely impossible today,” he said.
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