The Norwegian Navy is invited to the Russian Naval parade

Lars SaunesLars Saunes.Photo:Johan Ludvig Holst / Forsvaret
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Two Norwegian ships are invited to take part in the Russian naval parade at St. Petersburg. It is unclear how the Armed Forces will respond to the invitation.

It is Rear Admiral Lars Saunes who has received the invitation from Admiral N.A. Jevmenovi in the Russian Navy, writes ABC News.

“I hope that your participation in this important event will help bring Russian-Norwegian naval defense cooperation even further,” the admiral writes in the invitation.

The military parade has traditions dating back to the Tsar era, but had a stay from 1980 to 2017. China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines participated in the parade last year. Several countries should now have received an invitation similar to the one sent to Norway.

Military cooperation between Norway and Russia was put on ice after Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula in 2014, where there is a large naval base in the city of Sevastopol. A number of sanctions were also introduced both ways.

A possible Norwegian yes to the invitation can be interpreted as a step in the opposite direction. The Ministry of Defense will not comment on the invitation to ABC News.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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