Norway rejected Russia’s application with a request to let the cargo pass for Russian settlements in the Svalbard archipelago, which were supposed to pass through the only Storskog checkpoint on the border between Russia and Norway. This was reported on June 28 by the NRK TV channel, citing data from the country’s Foreign Ministry.
It is noted that a specific application for a transportation permit was rejected as early as June 15, 2022. Now at the checkpoint “Storskog” there are about 20 tons of Russian goods, which are intended for the Russians in Svalbard.
On June 21, Russian Consul General in the archipelago Sergei Gushchin said that the Russian embassy had handed over a note to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry with a request to release goods sent to Svalbard from the transit ban. The appeal, he said, was written on May 25. Gushchin expressed hope for a positive decision by the Norwegian side, as it would meet humanitarian goals and contribute to a stable situation in Russian settlements.
The Consul General noted that since April 30, two containers with 7 tons of cargo have been standing on the border with Norway. It includes food, manufactured goods and equipment for ships and vehicles.
On April 29, it was reported that the Storskog checkpoint on the Russian-Norwegian border would be closed for the passage of trucks from the Russian Federation. A ban will also be introduced for ships from the Russian Federation to enter Norwegian ports, with the exception of fishing ones. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry claimed that an exception would be made for Svalbard.
On March 17, Norway joined a series of EU sanctions against Russia.
Russia continues the special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The key goals of the Russian military are the denazification and demilitarization of the Kyiv regime. This is necessary to ensure the security of the Russian state and people, the Kremlin said. Western countries that disagreed with the conduct of the special operation began to introduce new anti-Russian sanctions.