Norway On The Way To Become Unfriendly Neighbor In Russia's Eyes

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Authored by Peter Korzun via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Norway is executing a drastic change in its military policy, towards a far more aggressive posture. A total of 330 US Marines have been stationed for a trial period from January at the Vaernes military base east of Trondheim. The deployment marks the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been allowed to station in Norway. Last year, the Norwegian Parliament approved a one-year trial period for the US military presence, including two six-month rotations. Now it is planned to double the Marines presence in the country from 330 to 650 soldiers. Norway and the United States are now discussing the usefulness of continuing this agreement beyond 2017.

The airport in Nord-Trøndelag can become a major military air base. The US Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway, already stores large amounts of military equipment in caves. The caves currently hold enough to equip a fighting force of 4,600 Marines. The US military plans to enlarge the stockpile allowing it to store enough weapons and equipment for a Marine Expeditionary Brigade (up to 16, 000 servicemen). Planners are completing an analysis of the current gear cache that should wrap up in the next 12 months.

There are other plans to increase US military presence in the country. Last summer, a study group from the US Navy visited both Andøya and Evenes airports in northern Norway to see if they could host American P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft.

According to Washington-based Center for Strategic and international Studies (CSIS) report, «The former Royal Norwegian Navy base at Olavsvern is ideal for supporting submarine operations in the extreme North Atlantic and Arctic Seas». The paper says it may be possible for Norway to nationalize and reopen a portion of the facility to support the rotational presence of US submarines. Olavsvern is NATO’s closest naval base to the Kola Peninsula. The paper notes that the United States needs to leverage its bilateral relationships with Norway in order to develop and deploy a new generation of undersea sensing capabilities.

The construction of sophisticated new radar system known as Globus 3 in Vardø has started. Formally, the radar’s mission is to track space debris but it’s an open secret that the site is an element of the US-led NATO ballistic missile defense (BMD).

The radar located in Svalbard (the Arctic) can also be used by US military for missile defense purposes. The site has been frequently visited by US officials and politicians. This radar is installed in violation of the 1925 treaty which states that Svalbard has a demilitarized status.

Norway used to be skeptical toward the BMD plans. In 2002, Norway condemned the US decision to pull out from the ABM Treaty. Jens Stoltenberg, the current NATO General Secretary, was skeptical about the system at a summit in Moscow in 2007. But Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced the decision to join the NATO missile defense in 2015 – the same year Norwegian ships participated with radar sensors in an allied BMD exercise.

The joint American-Norwegian radar project is an openly hostile move, which has become an irritant to negatively affect the Russian-Norwegian bilateral relationship. The missile shield will alter the strategic balance—giving Washington and NATO the ability to launch a first nuclear strike on Russia and prevent it from launching a counter-strike. Besides, the radar will be used for intelligence collection being stationed just 40 miles from the Russian Kola Peninsula where strategic submarines and other military assets are based.

According to Professor Theodore Postol, a professor at Massachusetts Technological Institute and a well-known scholar, Norway «would be dragged into a conflict between the great powers… The radar in Vardø is of the type GBR-P, formerly deployed on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific. It was formerly intended to be the most important radar in the US missile shield, to be deployed in the Czech Republic».

«Norway has to understand that after becoming an outpost of NATO, it will have to face head-on Russia and Russian military might», Teimuraz Ramishvili, Russian ambassador to Oslo, told Norway’s state broadcaster, NRK. «Therefore, there will be no peaceful Arctic anymore». Formally, the radar’s mission is to track space debris but it’s an open secret that the site is part of US global ballistic missile defense (BMD) system, making Norway a prime target for attack in the event of a conflict.

Norway plans to have over 50 US-produced F-35 stealth warplanes in 2019. It will give it the capability to strike deep into the Russian territory. It underscores the fact that Norway would rapidly be drawn into any war that NATO launched against Russia. Indeed, the preparations unquestionably make Norway a target for Russian military action.

The US military presence represents a shift from the peacetime policy of prohibiting the posting of foreign troops in Norway. Before joining NATO in 1949, Norway pledged not to allow deployment of foreign military on its soil «as long as it is not under attack or threat of attack.» No Norwegian government has said it is threatened by Russia. Quite to the contrary, just a few days ago Prime Minister Erna Solberg said that she doesn't consider Russia to be a threat to Norway's security in an interview with German DW. According to her, Oslo and Moscow have a «good partnership», especially in the Arctic. «We don't believe that Russia is a direct threat to Norway, but we believe that Russia has become more unpredictable in its policies», the PM noted. Hardly so, Russia is very much predictable because it has no alternative to taking measures in response.

The border between Russia and Norway has been peaceful for centuries. The two countries have always been good neighbors. It is all changing now. Foreign troops on Norwegian soil and the construction of the new radar are parts of unfriendly policy toward Russia, which believes that the provocative moves are unacceptable. Perhaps, it should be taken into account by Norwegian politicians as the country nears the parliamentary elections in the fall.

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Fireman's picture

It's a USSAN occupation you moron!

tuetenueggel's picture

From an ex Gi I expected him to be stupid.

If you are even too stupid, to understand that getting "protected" by war criminals, covering world with wars only since almost 70 years. Heroic US-troops always entered wars, either to lose them or if others had already defaeted their enemies.

Fuck US is the most advanced slogan of free countries in entire world.

TalkToLind's picture

F-35's? I sure hope those Norwegian fighter pilots remember to BYOO. (Bring Your Own Oxygen).  

Reaper's picture

Effeminate Norsemen are trained to grovel.

novictim's picture

Defense against Russia is the false claim.  Retaking Europe from the eventual Islamic Jihad is the real reason for this.

Raul44's picture

Now thats a very naive belief, to say at least.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

The jihadis could be stopped at any time if TPTB in Europe wanted to. Equally the threat from home-grown terrorists could be eliminated by deporting them to some Islamic hellhole. But the glbalist/NWO PTB don't want that. They want European ethnicity diluted and weakened.

tuetenueggel's picture

as it looks, this won´t work in time. Even motherfucker Macron won´t work in time.

Raul44's picture

The US military presence represents a shift from the peacetime policy of prohibiting the posting of foreign troops in Norway.  << again, who is in charge in US that allowed breaking the agreement? 

Hope Copy's picture

The Russians are laughing.  Most of the 'wares will not work if the Russians attack and while the 4500 was a small contingency for defensive purposes, the 14,000 is more realistic, but will never get into place in time, so it is an anemic attack force that will die just over the border.  They won't get past the mine field and sentry guns..  Just another example of military industrial complex spending that can go awry in the future ('wares for terrorists) that will enforce the need for borders and the downfall of the EU.  Guns don't create sovereignty, enough bread and butter does.

montresor's picture

The norwegian islamic military is just target practice for russia.. 

tuetenueggel's picture

It will take Putin about 12 hours to get rid of these US-slaves.

He also has enough nukes to burn a bit of scandinavian idiocracy.

Stoltenberg was one of the most stupid norwegians, but there seem to be a lot more.

Undiscovered until now.

geeves's picture

Ah yes the good 'ol Massachusetts Technological Institute (MTI). Great school.

blueRidgeBoy's picture

With the Norway portion of Russia's border totaling 120 miles out of 12,500 (about 1%), it's easy to see why Russia would feel surrounded by hostile forces on all sides.

katagorikal's picture

"Defending Norway", BBC World Service radio.

Russia’s actions in the Crimea and Ukraine, and the modernising of its armed forces at home, are causing anxiety in the High North. 

Part 1:

Our Friends, the Russians: Here Norwegian (as well as broader Western) security and economic interests converge with those of Russia, and can conflict. Norway is adept at walking the tightrope between co-operation and self-protection in its relations with the former Soviet Union. A founding member of Nato, this tiny oil-rich state has been a key player in promoting stability in the region. Defence expert Mats Berdal, a Norwegian national now living in London, travels to Kirkenes in the High North to meet those who live and work along the Russian border.

Part 2:

A New Cold War? Current tensions in East-West relations threaten to jeopardise the fragile stability of the region. In Oslo, defence has been high on the government’s agenda with increased spending on the Norwegian Armed Forces proposed for 2017-2020. Are we entering a new Cold War? It is a vexed question, as defence expert Mats Berdal discovers when he canvasses opinions in Oslo, Moscow, Brussels, London and US.

gdpetti's picture

Empires need enemies.... same as always, and the best ones are those you control.... CHina continues to play along, RUssia does not.

As for Norway.... we are on the cusp of an ice age.... besides for all the rest... Norwegian Wood will no longer be found on the playlist.

makinbacon's picture

It's like the circus is constantly in town and you get to try your hand at being like Napoleon !

Take a swing at Russia and if you win ....expand your empire!

Lose ....well ....get your dying corpse lying in the snow bayoneted on the retreat.

And...You won't be occupying the place for 15 years saying " Your winning".