Dear reader; a depressing picture of the Norwegian defense is being painted this week. The Expert Commission on Norwegian Security and Defence Policy's report points out large gaps in Norway's defense abilities, especially in the north. "Not surprisingly, the commission spends a lot of time on the military strategic challenges in precisely the High North," believes Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm.
This week, HNN reveals that a tanker carrying natural liquified gas from the Russian company Novatek anchored for around 24 hours off the coast of Northern Norway. HNN has not been able to get a comment from Norwegian authorities.
On Wednesday, the Norwegian defense commission's report was ready.
It cannot be conveyed as anything else than a crushing description of the Norwegian defense ability, in which Norway is left without the ability to defend itself against the increased security threat, especially in the High North. (Norwegian only)
From Longyearbyen on Svalbard, Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm observes that the city has been prepared for a new era.
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Sincerely, News Editor Trine Jonassen
This newsletter has been translated by Birgitte Annie Molid Martinussen.