Russia warns of retaliation “Unable to carry supplies to Arctic settlements” | Reuters

Russia said on June 29 that Norwegian regulations were blocking the transportation of goods to Russian settlements in the Arctic Subarubar Islands, and that the Norwegian government would take “retaliatory measures” if the problem was not resolved. I warned. The photo shows a dog sled going through the archipelago, taken in August 2019 (2022 Reuters / Hannah McKay)

[Reuters]-Russia said on the 29th that the Norwegian regulations were blocking the transportation of goods to the Russian settlements of the Subaru Baru Islands in the Arctic Circle, and if the Norwegian government did not solve the problem, “retaliatory measures” I warned that I would take it.

The Svalbard Islands, located between the northern coast of Norway and the Arctic, are Norwegian territories, but Russia has the right to develop natural resources in the islands under a treaty signed in 1920, and there are also villages where mainly Russians live.

Norway is not a member of the European Union (EU), but EU sanctions against Russia apply. Although the sanctions do not affect the transportation of goods by ship to the Svalbard Islands, most of the cargo destined for Russian compound in the islands first passes through a checkpoint to mainland Norway and is subject to sanctions. Goods cannot pass.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that it has called on a Norwegian deputy minister to protest, saying the restrictions are disrupting the transportation of important supplies such as food and medical equipment. He said the situation was “unacceptable” and warned that “unfriendly” actions against Russia would lead to “retaliation.”