Norway refused the offer of the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov to hold consultations on Svalbard.
As stated by the Deputy head of the Norwegian foreign Ministry Audun Halvorsen, in a letter that Lavrov in early February, sent to the Minister of foreign Affairs of Norway Ine Eriksen Sereide in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Spitsbergen Treaty, “did not contain anything new.”
“Norway does not consult with other countries regarding the implementation of its sovereignty over any part of Norwegian territory,” said Halvorsen, quoted RIA Novosti.
Relations between Oslo and Moscow, he described as constructive and transparent, but advised Russia to rebuild relations with the West after the crisis in Ukraine.
In his letter to the Norwegian counterpart the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, in particular, expressed concern that the attitude of Russians on Spitsbergen there are a number of restrictions, in addition, the Russian side does not agree with the establishment of Norway’s so-called fisheries protection zone. In this regard, Lavrov suggested that the Norwegian colleagues to conduct bilateral consultations.
last week, the Russian Embassy in Oslo blamed the Norwegian authorities in breach of the Treaty of Spitsbergen. The Embassy stated that it did not question the sovereignty of Norway over the archipelago, but stressed that Svalbard is not a “native Norwegian territory”.