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Last Friday, a new American submarine arrived at Grøtsund port just outside Tromsø, North Norway. This is the fifth Allied submarine docking at the port this year, and NATO's activity in the north does not go unnoticed by the Russian president.
Russia’s new maritime doctrine identifies U.S. and NATO maritime activities in the Arctic as major security threats, and Putin states that Russia will protect its Arctic waters firmly and by all means.
Russia's war in Ukraine has now lasted five months.
In line with the EU, Norway introduced a port ban against Russian vessels in April as part of the sanctions against the country. The ban does not apply to Russian fishing vessels, and now the Ukrainian authorities want the exception to be removed.
Climate and tourism
Norwegian research vessel Kronprins Haakon and French ice-capable cruise ship Le Commandant Charcot joined forces sailing to the North Pole, creating a unique collaboration between scientific research and emerging polar tourism.
While in Svalbard, a foreign tour operator was fined for violating a traffic ban in the Kongsfjorden nature reserve.
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