The Russian foreign minister accuses Norway of encroaching on Russian rights on the Arctic archipelago.
Lavrov attacks Norway, says relations on Svalbard should be better
The setting was Barents Cooperation and cross-border interaction, but it was Arctic militarization and Norwegian policy at Svalbard which became the key issues in today’s press conference following the Barents Euro-Arctic Council meeting - writes thebarentsobserver.com.
In what appeared as a well-prepared answer, the Russian foreign minister lashed out against his Norwegian counterpart.
Relations in Spitsbergen could clearly have been much more constructive, he underlined. Russian legitimate rights in the area are periodically being restricted, he added.
«The Russian MFA last year submitted two diplomatic notes about Svalbard to the Norwegian side, but no response has been made,» Lavrov complained.
«We have on several occasions called for dialogue over these issues, but the Norwegians do not respond. I believe this does not correspond with good neighbourly relations», he underlined.
The statements come after newspaper Kommersant recently published a report shedding light on strategic document from the Russian Ministry of Defense allegedly highlighting the archipelago as a potential conflict area .
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