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Oslo told Russia about NATO exercises amid security talks

Norway has notified Russia of a NATO exercise following security talks In addition to the Norwegian military, forces from 28 NATO and partner countries will take part in the exercises. The maneuvers will take place in the spring in Norway. The notification came two days after Russia-NATO talks on security guarantees alt=”Oslo told Russia about NATO exercises amid security talks” />

Norway has notified the command of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy about the Cold Response-2022 military exercises in the North Sea and on the territory of the kingdom, the press service of the fleet reported. In addition to the Norwegian military, the forces of other NATO member countries will take part in them.

The maneuvers will take place in March and April. They will be attended by about 40 thousand Norwegian military, as well as about 28 countries that are members of NATO and partner countries of the alliance.

Lieutenant General Yngve Odlo, Commander of the Operational Command of the Armed Forces of Norway, informed the Commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Alexander Moiseev, about the exercise. Odlo assured that the military forces of his country “strictly adhere to the Vienna Document on Confidence and Security Building Measures, adopted at the OSCE Forum in 2011, and stand for the transparency of major military exercises.”

Moiseev, in turn, thanked Norwegian Lieutenant General and wished safe maneuvers, the press service of the Northern Fleet noted.

Cold Response exercises have been held in Norway since 2006.

On January 12, in Brussels, for the first time in 2.5 years, a meeting of the Council of Russia— NATO. During the meeting, the parties discussed Russia's demands for security guarantees and NATO's non-expansion to the east.

After the talks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia could not veto Ukraine's entry into the bloc. He stressed that all members of the alliance are unanimous in this opinion. Deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Grushko, who represented Russia, in turn said that the expansion of NATO “does not erase the dividing lines, but transfers them.” towards expansion. He noted that it is in the common interest to maintain the regional configuration that exists today.

Stoltenberg also stressed that Russia must ensure de-escalation in the framework of the Ukrainian conflict, but assured that NATO is ready to sit down at the negotiating table now. Grushko noted that first Kiev must fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements.

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