Norway and Russia settle cargo dispute — Analysis
The two countries have found a way to deliver goods to Russian settlements on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard
Moscow and Oslo say they have settled a dispute regarding cargo shipments to Russian mining settlements on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, according to a statement released by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
This statement follows a week of tensions between Moscow and Oslo. On June 15, Norway stopped two cargo containers that were intended for Russian miners who live on the archipelago. It cited sanctions placed on Moscow in connection with its conflict against Ukraine.
Russia insisted that Norway’s “unacceptable”Russian miners had been deprived by the ban on supply delivery “critical”products, which include food, medicines, construction materials and spare parts. Moscow threaten “appropriate retaliatory measures”If you are unable to resolve the problem,
According to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, the containers were stopped because the Russian vehicle used for transporting cargo across the Russian-Norwegian border was banned. It noted, however that the containers would not be blocked if they were transported on Russian vehicles.
You will feel satisfied after you’ve finished. “good dialogue”According to the Russian side of the story, the ministry said that the supplies contained in the containers were on the way to Svalbard by way of a Norwegian ship.
Sergey Gushkin a Russian consul who was based out of Svalbard also confirmed that both countries found a way around the problem and that supplies should reach Barentsburg by Friday.
The Svalbard archipelago, which is home to less than 3000 people, lies halfway between the Arctic circle (North Pole) and the Arctic circle. It belongs to Norway. One of the largest settlements on the archipelago is Barentsburg – a mining town primarily inhabited by Russian nationals.
The town relies on a single ship that ferries goods from Tromsø to the islands every 10 days. Russian supplies had been previously brought to the island by truck from Murmansk. Norway however has kept the Russian supplies on the Storskog border crossing.
Svalbard was a focal point of diplomatic tensions before the EU sanctioned Ukraine in 2015. Norway increased entry restrictions after a 2015 visit by a high ranking Russian official. Russia protested, claiming that this behavior was against the 1920 treaty that established Norwegian sovereignty over the islands.
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