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Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by joyandfaith: 4:35am On Jul 01
Moscow accused Norway on Wednesday of blocking the transit of goods to Russians living in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and threatened Oslo with retaliation.

"We demanded that the Norwegian side resolve this issue as soon as possible," Russia's foreign ministry diplomacy said in a statement, announcing that the Norwegian chargé d'affaires in Moscow had been summoned.

"We stressed that unfriendly actions towards Russia lead to retaliatory measures," it added.
Russia claims that Norway blocked supplies of equipment and food at the Storskog land border crossing that were to be loaded onto a ship bound for Svalbard for Russian miners in the archipelago.

According to Sergei Gushkin, the Russian consul on the Arctic archipelago, the cargo consisted of 20 tonnes of goods, including seven tonnes of foodstuffs, spare parts and essential equipment to prepare for the winter.
Norway is blocking the goods in the application of European sanctions adopted against Russia because of its war in Ukraine, the diplomat said.

"I think Norway has not thought through joining the EU sanctions," he added.

Gushkin said Russia was exploring alternative supply routes, including from Europe or by sea from the Russian city of Murmansk.

Where is Svalbard?
Svalbard, a thousand kilometres from the North Pole, is twice the size of Belgium and is sometimes referred to as NATO's "Achilles heel in the Arctic".

A 1920 Paris treaty recognises Norway's sovereignty over Svalbard but also guarantees that 46 other signatory states — including Russia — are free to exploit the natural resources there "on a perfectly equal footing".

For decades, Russia and the former USSR has been mining coal in these territories, which are inhabited by fewer than 3,000 people of some 50 nationalities.

The deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council, Konstantin Kossachev, has accused Oslo of violating the Treaty of Paris.

"The Norwegian authorities are trying to ensure that Russian minors are left without food, which is in itself amoral. This violates human rights, and the principles of humanism," he wrote on Telegram.

The Russian consul, however, denied that there was any risk of food shortages.

Norway hit by cyberattacks
On Wednesday, Norwegian authorities also reported that a cyberattack had temporarily knocked out public and private websites.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said that to his knowledge the attack “has not caused any significant damage.”

The distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attack targeted a secure national data network, the Norwegian National Security Authority said (NSM). It forced several public and private websites to temporarily suspend their online services.

A criminal pro-Russian group seems to be behind the attacks, NSM head Sofie Nystrøm said.

She added that the attacks “give the impression that we are a piece in the current political situation in Europe.”

The incident came two days after a similar attack temporarily knocked out public and private websites in Lithuania, with a pro-Moscow hacker group reportedly claiming responsibility.

That incident after Russian officials threatened to retaliate because Lithuania restricted the transit of sanctioned goods to the exclave of Kaliningrad.
Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by joyandfaith: 4:36am On Jul 01
Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by joyandfaith: 4:36am On Jul 01
Rich also cry

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Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by fulaniHERDSman(m): 4:44am On Jul 01
Keep the madness in Europe.

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Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by orisa37: 7:05am On Jul 01
PLEASE WHO REALLY IS PUTIN?
AN ANTICHRIST OR SERPENT IN THE WORLD?

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Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by orisa37: 7:30am On Jul 01
IT IS A BLOCKADE TO NORWAY TO PREVENT TRESPASS AND NOT A BLOCKADE TO INTERNATIONAL THOROUGHFARE.
Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by Akuruoulo(m): 11:42am On Jul 02
RUSSIA MR THREAT GIVER
Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by jimetagambo: 3:04pm On Jul 02
Always empty threats

Putin is a clown

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Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by leofab(f): 11:16pm On Jul 02
Europeans
Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by paafin(m): 9:11am On Jul 03
orisa37:
PLEASE WHO REALLY IS PUTIN?
AN ANTICHRIST OR SERPENT IN THE WORLD?

The MAN you don't wanna f**k with grin

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Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by orisa37: 5:16pm On Jul 03
paafin:


The MAN you don't wanna f**k with grin

'cos he is antiGod.
Re: Russia Accuses Norway Of Arctic Blockade And Threatens Reprisals by seunny4lif(m): 11:27am On Jul 08
Well, thank Goodness, there wouldn’t be war because Norway has caved in to Russian threats and has agreed to lift the sanctions that made it impossible for Russia to transport goods to the 500 Russian miners on Svalbard through a land border in northern Norway.

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