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Russia threatens retaliation for a ban on Norwegian Arctic islands | News

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that Norwegian regulations have suspended operations at the Russian Consulate General on Spitsbergen and the Russian coal mine.

Russia accuses Norway of imposing restrictions on the Arctic Archipelago of the Svalbard Islands to block goods destined for Russian-inhabited settlements, threatening unspecified “retaliatory measures” unless Oslo resolves the issue. There is.

The Svalbard Islands, located between the north coast of Norway and the Arctic, are part of Norway, but Russia has the right to use the natural resources of the archipelago under a treaty signed in 1920 and is one of the archipelago. Most of the villages are Russians.

Norway, which is not a member of the European Union but is in force EU sanctions He told Russia that sanctions would not affect the transportation of goods by ship to Svalbard. However, much of the cargo to Russian settlements in the archipelago first passes through the mainland Norwegian checkpoints. This checkpoint is closed to licensed Russian goods.

After summoning a Norwegian Chargé d’Affaires in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry “requested the Norwegian side to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” he said.

“We have shown that unfriendly behavior towards Russia inevitably leads to appropriate retaliation,” the ministry said.

According to the ministry, Norwegian regulations have suspended work at the Russian Consulate General on Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard Islands, and on Russian coal mines.

According to the ministry, vehicles carrying food and medicine to Spitsbergen are stagnant at the border.

Since invading Ukraine in February, Russia has Hit with sanctions Restrict the transportation of goods that pass through Europe.

Earlier this month, Lithuania began imposing restrictions on some goods transported by rail to the Kaliningrad outskirts of the Baltic Sea in Russia. Russia said Lithuania’s restrictions on goods corresponded to a “blockade” and promised unspecified retaliation.

Cyber ​​attack

Also on Wednesday, Norwegian officials said a possible cyberattack by a Russian hacker had temporarily knocked out Norwegian public and private websites in the last 24 hours.

According to the Norwegian National Security Agency, a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack targeted a secure domestic data network and temporarily suspended online services for several hours.

NSM head Sophie Nistrom said a criminal pro-Russian group appeared to be behind the attack. She added that the attack “gives the impression that we are part of Europe’s current political situation.”

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said that as far as he knows, cyberattacks “do not cause serious damage.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/29/russia-threatens-retaliation-against-norway-over-artic-access Russia threatens retaliation for a ban on Norwegian Arctic islands | News

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