- Russia slapped sanctions on eight officials from EU countries last week – including one from Sweden.
- The action bars Åsa Scott, who heads up a lab at Sweden’s Defence Research Agency, and seven others from entering Russia after the EU recently sanctioned several Russians for human rights abuses.
- Researcher Martin Kragh called the tit-for-tat situation a “new normality” for EU-Russian relations.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Canada’s military launches scaled down annual Arctic exercise, Radio Canada International
Iceland: Iceland talks Arctic, Trump’s ditching of climate accord, with U.S. Secretary of State, Eye on the Arctic
Norway: Norway strengthens its Arctic military in new defense plan as security concerns grow in the region, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Russia’s FM spokesperson calls Norway’s military deal with U.S. “provocative,” The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Arctic Sweden to welcome thousands of international troops for Northern Wind exercise, The Independent Barents Observer
United States: U.S. Navy to build airport infrastructure in North Norway to meet upped Russian submarine presence, The Independent Barents Observer