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Norway US Marine proposal still under consideration. The Norwegian Parliament will vote on whether US marines will enter the Scandinavian country to increase defences in north-eastern Europe. The time-frame is unclear for now. Parliamentarians are currently reviewing the Americans’ proposal. It involves hosting up to 300 US marines at Værnes Air Station in Nord-Trøndelag County. The military facility is located about 700 miles from the Russian border in Stjørdal municipality.

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Norway US Marine proposal still under consideration

Published on Wednesday, 19th October, 2016 at 15:14 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th October 2016 at 19:04.

The Norwegian Parliament will vote on whether US marines will enter the Scandinavian country to increase defences in north-eastern Europe. The time-frame is unclear for now.

Maj. Gen. Niel E. Nelson
"A Marine Corps presence in Norway will increase NATO’s ability to rapidly aggregate and employ forces in northern Europe," he says.Maj. Gen. Niel E. Nelson
Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Wikimedia Commons


Parliamentarians are currently reviewing the Americans’ proposal. It involves hosting up to 300 US marines at Værnes Air Station in Nord-Trøndelag County.

The military facility is located about 700 miles from the Russian border in Stjørdal municipality.

**Increasing Russia military activity prompts Nordic declaration**

Approximately 21,000 people live there, and civilian air traffic flies into Trondheim Værnes Airport.

Tensions have been building since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, and there have been allegations of Russian involvement in cyber hacks on American organisations and individuals.

Russia has also been blamed for their military action Syria regarding worsening the humanitarian crisis there.

** Russian espionage services pose the greatest danger to Norway **

“If approved by the Norwegian government, a Marine Corps presence in Norway will increase NATO’s ability to rapidly aggregate and employ forces in northern Europe,” said Maj. Gen. Niel E. Nelson, commander of US Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa in a statement reported by CNN.

Groups of marines would be on a rotational basis in Norway should Norwegian parliamentarians approve the initiative.

This could be as early as January 2017, according to regional publication Adresseavisen.

“US participation in military exercises and training in Norway is one element in this longstanding and close security policy relationship. Considerations about how to tailor allied exercise activity in Norway are a continuous effort,” Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said in a statement, Tuesday.

NATO ministers are expected to meet next week in Brussels for additional talks about the forces being deployed to Poland and the Baltic States next year.

** Norway’s Jens Stoltenberg begins NATO Secretary General position **

America is also deploying a heavily-armed brigade to Eastern Europe and headquartered in Poland. This brigade will conduct exercises in Eastern Europe.

Norway’s Labour (Ap) has greeted the US marine proposal positively, but the Socialist Left (SV), Centre (Sp), and the Liberals (V) express reservations.

Liberal leader Trine Skei Grande accuses the government of “outsourcing protection of our country to American Marines.” Norwegian parliamentarians are expected to vote on the issue in the coming days.

Lars Gjemble, spokesperson for Norway’s M.O.D. commented to CNN that “a limited rotational US Marine Corps presence in Norway is a possible option currently being considered.”

“Even though dialogue has been ongoing at the military level, the process at the political level is still ongoing, and at this time it would be premature to discuss the possible implementation of such an activity,” he concluded.




Published on Wednesday, 19th October, 2016 at 15:14 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th October 2016 at 19:04.

This post has the following tags: russia, nato, security, soldiers, marines, protection, us, paywall.





  
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