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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 12:24 AM

Norway to invite more U.S. Marines, for longer and closer to Russia

Source: Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway will ask the United States to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed in the country in a move that could raise tensions with its eastern neighbor Russia.

he government in Oslo has grown increasingly concerned about Russia following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Some 330 U.S. Marines were scheduled to leave Norway at the end of this year after an initial contingent arrived in January 2017 to train for fighting in winter conditions. They are the first foreign troops to be stationed in Norway, a member of NATO, since World War Two.

The initial decision to welcome the Marines irked Russia and Moscow said it would worsen bilateral relations and escalate tensions on NATO’s northern flank.

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide told reporters the decision did not constitute the establishment of a permanent U.S. base in Norway and was not targeted at Russia.

“There are no American bases on Norwegian soil,” she said, adding the decision had broad parliamentary support.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-us-russia/norway-to-invite-more-u-s-marines-for-longer-and-closer-to-russia-idUSKBN1J8149



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Soereide told Reuters in April that Oslo did not see Moscow as a military threat and that the threat of war in the Arctic, NATO’s northern flank, was “low”.

But she said Oslo saw challenges in the way Russia was developing, not only militarily but also in the areas of civil society, the rule of law and democracy.

The Russian embassy in Oslo was not available for comment.

Additional reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis; Editing by Terje Solsvik and Matthew Mpoke Bigg

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.



So basically they don't trust a Russian criminal enterprise.....................

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Reply Norway to invite more U.S. Marines, for longer and closer to Russia (Original post)
turbinetree Jun 2018 OP
CentralMass Jun 2018 #1
noncliqer Jun 2018 #7
mountain grammy Jun 2018 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2018 #3
Yupster Jun 2018 #4
SergeStorms Jun 2018 #5
olddad56 Jun 2018 #6
KitSileya Jun 2018 #8
R B Garr Jun 2018 #10
Aristus Jun 2018 #9
Orsino Jun 2018 #11

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 12:26 AM

1. tRumpus will never go for it.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 03:32 AM

7. Trumputin

 

And you're right it's a non-starter.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 12:33 AM

2. donnie won't cross Putin.. he won't do it.

Sorry, Norway.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:07 AM

3. They're a member of NATO, so Spanky won't do anything,

especially if BFF Putin wouldn't like it.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:22 AM

4. I'd be more worried if I was Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania

They need NATO troops stationed there. They could be taken over like Kuwait in a day.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:42 AM

5. If it's going to irritate Putin....

there's no way Trump will go for it. Stephen Colbert was correct when he said Trump's big mouth was nothing but Putin's cock holster. Sorry for the coarse language, but those are Colbert's words, not mine.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 03:31 AM

6. Sorry Norway, Too late for us to help you. We are already a possession of Russia.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 12:27 PM

8. Russia is doind a huge naval maneuver around the Kola peninsula

Right now, which it did not warn Norway about.

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2018/06/36-russian-warships-sails-out-barents-sea

A total of 36 warships and support vessels are currently on their way out to the Barents Sea. Also, about 20 aircrafts are in the air. Along the coast of the Kola Peninsula, more than 150 different rocket- and artillery weapon systems and special equipment are deployed.

...

Press-spokesman at Norway’s military Joint Head Quarters, Major Brynjar Stordal, says to the Barents Observer that Norway was not informed about the naval drill.

«Russian forces in the north has over time had a relatively high level of activities in different fields, something they have all rights to do within own territory and in international waters and airspace.»

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Response to KitSileya (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:11 PM

10. Wow!



Russia is feeling good!

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:06 PM

9. I hope our dear Norwegians can turn the Marines into social democrats.

I want them to come home understanding that defending a nation and caring for a nation need to be the same thing.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:26 PM

11. They wouldn't help you, Norway, when Putin can just order Trump to stand them down. n/t

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