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Russia summons Norwegian charge d’affaires over transit ban issue

Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the foreign ministry.

Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the foreign ministry. According to a statement released by the ministry on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Norwegian Charge d’Affaires Solveig Rossebo in response to Norway’s decision to obstruct the shipment of commodities to Spitsbergen.

According to the foreign ministry, Rossebo was made aware of the “unacceptable situation around the delivery of cargos to Spitsbergen stopped by the Norwegian side that were earmarked for the operations of the Arktikugol federal state unitary company on the archipelago.”

According to the ministry, vital supplies like food and medical equipment that are required for the enterprise and Russia’s Consulate General on Spitsbergen to operate normally are being blocked as a result of the Norwegian restrictions put in place against Russian transport on the Norwegian-Russian border in April.

Russia emphasized that such aggressive acts would “inevitably lead to suitable retaliatory measures” and demanded that Norway “resolve the situation as soon as possible.”


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