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The Forsvaret, or the Norwegian Armed Forces, introduced its coastguard vessel Nordkapp from its coast guard, the Kystvakten, has adopted a Russian battlecruiser for a number of days. Russia’s Peter the Great is close to the Smutthavet, or the Loophole Sea, and is nuclear-powered.

In a social medal submit, the Forsvaret stated Russia’s ship is crusing legally in worldwide waters, and added “this type of activity is not uncommon”.

Forsvaret additionally added in a press release on their web site: “It is natural that Norway monitors Russian military activity in our immediate areas.

“For the Coast Guard, it is routine to follow what is happening in Norwegian maritime areas of interest.

“The Russian naval vessel sails legally in international waters and this type of activity is not uncommon, especially in connection with major Norwegian and allied military exercises such as the ongoing Cold Response 2022.

“A professional and respectful tone and behaviour are shown from all sides, which contributes to predictability and stability in the High North.”

Hans Kristensen, Director on the Nuclear Information Project, steered on Twitter the Norwegian response is “presumably part of Russian monitoring of NATO exercise Cold Response underway in region”.

A NATO member has begun shadowing a Russian nuclear-powered cruiser

A NATO member has begun shadowing a Russian nuclear-powered cruiser (Image: Forsvaret / GETTY)

Coastguard vessel Nordkapp from the Kystvakten followed a Russian battlecruiser for days

Coastguard vessel Nordkapp from the Kystvakten adopted a Russian battlecruiser for days (Image: Forsvaret)

Russia’s fleet of ballistic missile submarines, armed with nuclear warheads that may attain North American territories, are based mostly in Gadziyevo on the coast to the Barents Sea, some 100 kilometres from the border to Norway.

It comes as NATO and companion forces commenced their army train Cold Response 2022 in the Arctic.

NATO has stated the “long-planned exercise” brings collectively “thousands of troops from NATO Allies and partners, testing their ability to work together in cold weather conditions across Norway”.

Around 30,000 troops from 27 nations from Europe and North America will participate in coaching in “cold weather exercises – on land, in the air and at sea” over March and April.

As part of the drill, Norway was additionally required to ask all 57 member states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), together with Russia, to look at the train.

Norway hosts the army train biannually, and was a founding member of NATO in August 24 1949.

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Russia’s ballistic missile submarines are based in Gadziyevo, 100 kilometres from Norway

Russia’s ballistic missile submarines are based mostly in Gadziyevo, 100 kilometres from Norway (Image: EXPRESS)

NATO will start Cold Response 2022 in Norway shortly, a military drill

NATO will begin Cold Response 2022 in Norway shortly, a army drill (Image: EXPRESS)

After declining the invitation, the Russian Embassy in Norway advised French information company AFP “any buildup of NATO military capabilities near Russia’s borders does not help to strengthen security in the region”.

Fabrice Pothier, strategy officer and CEO of policy group Rasmussen Global, told outlet DW Russia’s views on NATO drills are a part of Moscow’s playbook.

He said: “Russia will pretend to feel threatened with these drills and call it a buildup of troops along its border with Norway.

“But NATO is allowed to hold drills to strengthen its troops and there is nothing threatening about that.”

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The Russian Embassy stated ‘any buildup of NATO military capabilities near Russia’s borders does not h (Image: EXPRESS)

Ivana Stradner, an advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, also told DW the Cold Response 2022 could help strengthen NATO.

She said: “Some argue that this exercise is dangerous because Russia can misconstrue it.

“However, launching this exercise is a step in the right direction because we should not allow Putin to dictate NATO’s security and cancelling this exercise would show NATO’s weakness.”

She then noted while Vladimir Putin perceives NATO and its drills as a threat, it shouldn’t mitigate NATO’s vigilance.

Ms Stradner said: “Russia constantly claims to be threatened by NATO but this is a purely defensive alliance that does not seek to [encroach upon] Russian territory.

“We can expect Putin to find NATO’s weak link in order to show that the alliance is a paper tiger. So NATO has to be ready to respond.”

Fabrice Pothier said ‘Russia will pretend to feel threatened with these drills and call it a buildup of troops’

Fabrice Pothier said ‘Russia will pretend to feel threatened with these drills and call it a buildup (Image: EXPRESS)

It comes after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia’s potential use of chemical weapons would be a “blatant” violation of international law.

He said on NBC News: “Any use of chemical weapons would be a blatant and brutal violation of international law, there is a ban on chemical weapons.

“At the same time, we know Russia has used chemical agents in Europe before against their own political opponents, and Russia has been facilitating the Assad regime in Syria where chemical weapons have been used.

“This is something we take extremely seriously, but at the same time we are very much aware that we need to act in a way that prevents this conflict from going from being an ugly, horrific conflict in Ukraine to something that turns out to be a full-fledged war between NATO and Russia in Europe.”



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