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Foreign Ministry downplays Russia’s threat

After many reports and concerns that Russia may try to renegotiate or revoke the border agreement with Norway in the Valentz Sea, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs now flatly denies that Russians want to reconsider the agreement. is doing. Norwegians also downplay comments made to that effect by Duma, the chairman of the Russian parliament.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not worried last week about a statement by top Russian politicians that the so-called “delelingen” agreement between Norway and Russia should be reconsidered. Photo: Utenriksdepartementet / Mathias Rongved

With comments Criticism of border transactions “It does not represent Russia’s official position,” agreed in 2010, Eivind Vad Petersson, the state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told news agency NTB shortly before the weekend. “It was confirmed by (Russian President Vladimir) Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.”

Mr Peterson said it was “unnatural” for Norway to hold talks with Russia based on the statements of a single politician. He is the parliament delelinjen.. It literally brought an agreed line extending from the mainland of Russia and Norway to the Barents Sea, literally setting a new boundary on the sea.

From fishing to oil and gas exploration, it is important where the rights of each country apply. Norwegian authorities claim that the agreement is not valid and do not include any provisions that could terminate the agreement.

“The agreement is permanent,” Peterson told NTB. “We expect Russia to continue to respect the agreement, which is in the interests of both Russia and Norway.”

Concerns about the future of the Valentz Border Agreement It was so high last week that the conservative Norwegian Progress Party thought the government should notify the Norwegian parliament. (Storting) Of the contract status. “Now there is a lot of speculation that I and others can leave for no reason,” Christian Typling Gedde, a party’s diplomatic spokesman, told the newspaper. Klassekampen On Friday. He thought the government should share that idea to calm concerns.

Others are also worried. Hårek Elvenes, a Conservative foreign policy spokesman, said he was also worried. “We can’t ignore it,” Elvenes said. KlassekampenRefers to the explosion of Volodin at the Valentz border. “Russia has shown a growing desire to put power behind the threat, and we must be aware of it.”

Russian media are no longer allowed to express opposition to Russia’s official policy, and Norway swiftly shipped Russian products to the Subarubarh outpost after hearing about alleged conflict over the Valentz border last week. Claimed to have allowed. Norwegians argue that this is not true, noting that negotiations are already underway to allow transportation without violating sanctions against Russia.

‘Promotion’
Jakub Godzimirski, a researcher at the Norwegian Foreign Policy Institute NUPI, believes it is all part of Russian propaganda. This includes a Russian report documenting alleged discrimination against Russians living abroad and also in Norway. Gozimirsky, who closely follows Russia, calls this report part of Russia’s communication strategy related to the war with Ukraine. He also states that part of the work of the Russian Foreign Ministry is to protect foreign citizens.

“But of course this must be seen in a broader context in the context of today’s situation,” Gozimirsky told the newspaper. Dagsavisen.. “It is interesting that Russia spends time and effort drawing such an overview (suspicion of discrimination against Russians in various countries, including Norway), but it looks in relation to Russian propaganda. Must be. “

Among the incidents recorded in Norway were Sogndal’s accommodation refusing to serve Russian citizens and a Russian-born woman being turned away at Moss’ physiotherapy clinic. Meanwhile, Norwegian officials have previously advocated opposition to such discrimination, emphasizing that it was Putin and his administration that were causing the problem, not ordinary Russians.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

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