Norway suspends ‘all dialogue’ with Moscow on education and research — Analysis

Oslo’s decision follows Russia’s suspension from the Council of the Baltic Sea States

After President Vladimir Putin’s order to send troops into Ukraine, the Norwegian Cabinet announced Friday it had decided to suspend research and education collaboration with Russia.

Ola Borten Moe (Norwegian Minister of Higher Education and Research) stated that she was proud to be the Norwegian Minister. “attack on Ukraine must also have consequences,”This includes in areas such as education and research.

“We suspend all dialogue with the Russian authorities and as a general rule, all institutional agreements between Norwegian and Russian research and educational institutions must be put on hold,”He said.

Norway allowed individual institutions to use the open door. “choose to maintain agreements,”These could possibly be done after a case-by–case evaluation, since the government seeks to punish Russian authorities, and not civil society.

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“Academia can be an important counterweight to the authorities in Russia as well. That is why we give Norwegian universities, colleges and research institutes a small opening to continue collaboration that there is a professional basis for,”Borten Moe was added.

For now, there are no agreements or cooperation in nuclear preparedness, fisheries, and resource management. “will continue as before,”However, the Norwegian government has stated it will “consider whether there is a need to tighten further” depending on Russia’s actions.

The latest measures from Norway come after members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States voted to suspend Russia’s membership over what they called the “unprovoked and illegal war”Against Ukraine. Norway is currently the presidency of the council. It stated that Russia must be suspended. “deeply regrettable” but Moscow’s actions meant they could “no longer find it possible to maintain cooperation.”

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