Norway, Russia generals meet to discuss border cooperation

A 2013 file photo of the Storskog Boris Gleb border crossing between Norway and Russia near the Arctic Norwegian town of Kirkenes. (Cornelius Poppe /AFP via Getty Images)

Two generals from Norway and Russia met in the Arctic on Thursday to discuss border cooperation and related issues, the Norwegian armed forces said on Friday, in the first known such meeting since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine last year.

The meeting between Lieutenant General Yngve Odlo, chief of Norway’s joint headquarters and Lieutenant General Stanislav Vladimirovich Maslov, chief of the FSB Border Directorate for Russia’s Western Arctic region, took place on a Norwegian coast guard vessel, the Norwegian military said in a statement.

Russia and Norway share a border in the Arctic.

“It is important to conduct these meetings to discuss challenges and agree on common objectives and necessary measures regarding border cooperation, rescue cooperation, and fisheries management,” Odlo said in a statement.

“It can prevent accidents and misunderstandings between Norway and Russia,” he added.

Coast Guard, border commissioner among delegates 

Norway’s delegation consisted, in addition to the chief of the Norwegian joint headquarters, of representatives from the Norwegian coast guard, the Norwegian border commissioner, and the Norwegian defense attache in Moscow.

Cooperation on the Norwegian-Russian border is based on a bilateral agreement dating from 1949. Fisheries cooperation between the two countries dates back to the 1970s.

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Russia: Russia tested nuclear-powered missile & could revoke atomic test ban, Putin says, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden wants to rebuild its “total defence” system, Radio Sweden

United States: Moscow fires cruise missiles in sea drills between Russia and Alaska, Reuters

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