Russia is attempting to, once again, intimidate Norway.
- Russia vows consequences after Norway invites more U.S. Marines
Please don’t forget Russia’s threat to nuke Norway in 2016.
Norway is no threat to Russia. Yes, it controls the Skagerrak Strait, with Denmark, which oversees the passage out of the Baltic Sea for Russia. But doubling the number of US Marines stationed in Norway from 330 to 660 is of no real consequence.
To show Russia does not give a hoot about what Norway thinks, Russia just launched a huge naval exercise in the Barents Sea, just off the Norwegian coast, without warning Norway. Alarm-drill: 36 Russian warships sail out to Barents Sea. This is a clear provocation, even after a joint Norwegian-Russian exercise earlier in May/June 2018. Russia, Norway begin Barents-2018 naval rescue exercise.
Russia has been threatening Norway consistently.
- Written by the Russian Embassy: Russia Threatens Norway to Stay Out of NATO Missile Defense
Why Russia is going rogue, even during their hosting the Fifa World Cup of 2018? My guess is Russia is using the games as a cover for other operations meant to be beneath the radar.
Sorry, Russia, we noticed. You’re a bad boy. Now go sit in the corner.
Russia vows consequences after Norway invites more U.S. Marines
JUNE 14, 2018 / 9:25 AM
OSLO (Reuters) – Russia vowed on Thursday to retaliate for a plan by Norway to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed there.
Oslo announced on Tuesday that it would ask the United States, its NATO ally, to send 700 Marines to train in Norway from 2019, against 330 at present, and said the additional troops would be based closer to the Russian border.
“This makes Norway less predictable and could cause growing tensions, triggering an arms race and destabilizing the situation in northern Europe,” the Russian Embassy said in a statement on its Facebook page.
“We see it as clearly unfriendly, and it will not remain free of consequence.”
Oslo has grown increasingly concerned about Russia since Moscow annexed of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, while adding that it does not regard its much larger neighbor as a direct threat.
The U.S. Marines were scheduled to leave at the end of this year after an initial contingent arrived in January 2017 to train for winter conditions. They are the first foreign troops to be stationed in Norway since World War Two.
The initial decision to welcome the Marines had prompted Moscow to say it would worsen bilateral relations and escalate tensions on NATO’s northern flank.
On Wednesday, Russia’s Northern Fleet launched a large naval exercise in the Arctic Barents Sea. Later this year, Norway will host its biggest NATO maneuver in decades.
Reporting by Camilla Knudsen and Terje Solsvik; Editing by Kevin Liffey