Norway holds certain military channels open for the Russian Federation, despite a cooling in bilateral relations, said the Agency head of the Ministry of defense Ine Eriksen S?reide.
Contacts ought to be protected miscalculations or misunderstandings, she said." We keep the lines open between our headquarters in Bod? and Russian Northern fleet, " - said S?reide.
Norway has maintained a certain level of interaction with the neighboring state even after the Scandinavian countries last year agreed to closer military cooperation and very quickly found illegal Russian policy regarding Ukraine, emphasizes the Agency. For example, Moscow and Oslo have supported cooperation on search and rescue in the Arctic, as well as to control the mutual border.
S?reide also reported that recognizes the desire of Russia to strengthen its armed forces after meager pay at the end of the cold war, However, in her vision, Moscow makes it " in an aggressive manner ".
According to head the Ministry of defence, Norway vigilant to the increased number of flights by Russian aircraft from its coast. However, any violations of the air space or entering the territorial waters of Norway were registered. The number of flights that have to make Norwegian fighter jets to identify the aircraft Russia is several times lower than in 1980-ies, reports Reuters.