Dear High North News reader! Nuclear and sniper exercises, sabotage, a crumbling sanctions regime and strengthened allied bonds. At the same time, Norway and Russia are cooperating well on fishery. It has been a week of contrasts in the North.
However, the agreement may be suspended by Russia if Norway tightens its port ban further.
Moreover, the people-to-people cooperation has been dealt a blow. After Tromsø municipality in Northern Norway terminated the friendship agreement, it has now cut ties with its three Russian friendship cities.
"A very bad idea," believes HNN's Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm, who calls sanctioning friendship with the Russian people both naive and short-sighted.
Sabotage and exercises
Damage to subsea communication cables near the Faroe and Shetlands Islands left much of the islands without internet access.
In Northern Norway, there is an ongoing debate regarding the port ban exemption for Russian fishing vessels.
A crumbling sanctions regime
Russian LNG finds new ways after Western sanctions.
However, Europe's LNG imports still increased by 50 percent during the first nine months of 2022 because some EU countries that previously did not import any or only small quantities of natural gas from Russia now receive regular shipments of LNG from the country.
Wishing you all the best for the weekend on behalf of the editorial staff of High North News,
Trine Jonassen, News Editor
This newsletter has been translated by Birgitte Annie Molid Martinussen.