MOSCOW, February 24 – RIA Novosti. The head of the Norwegian Armed Forces, Eirik Kristoffersen, during a speech at the Kirkenes conference, declared the need to “reduce tension” in relations with Moscow.
“The most dangerous thing that can happen to Norway, NATO and the whole world is an open conflict with Russia. Fortunately, this is unlikely,” NRK quotes him.
In his opinion, relations between the two countries have noticeably cooled down in recent years. The head of the Armed Forces also noted that he considers it necessary to develop a dialogue between Moscow and Oslo.
“The conversation can help us find some solutions,” added Christoffersen.
The Russian side has repeatedly drawn attention to the strengthening of cooperation between Norway and the United States. In particular, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, noted that Washington's plans to deploy strategic bombers at an airbase near Trondheim are regarded by Russia as another step towards increasing military activity in the region. In addition, in January, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recalled the negative consequences of moving NATO's military infrastructure to the Russian borders.
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