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Norway wants to check the Russian Northern Sea Route
Norway wants to test the Northern Sea Route for compliance with environmental standards. The government of the kingdom is concerned about Russia's desire to expand the transport artery for communication between the countries of Western Europe and Asia. Doubt raises the possibility of ensuring safe navigation throughout the route.
As commented "Izvestia" in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Scandinavian country, despite the fact that the route is still outside the economic waters of Norway, it should be checked for compliance with environmental standards that apply to ship routes in the Arctic. In the kingdom they do not see the economic prospects of the NSR due to the extremely harsh climate and problems with the creation of infrastructure.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that they are not considering the possibility of providing ports of the Svalbard archipelago for the Northern Sea Route. Although earlier, Russian experts expressed hopes for this because of the convenient location of the main island.
However, while the development of the Northern Sea Route does not depend on Norway in any way, as it is conducted exclusively in the internal territorial waters. The Russian Embassy in Oslo said that the NSR is a national transport artery, and its joint use with the kingdom is not planned. At the same time, China and Japan show great interest in the Arctic route. So the Chinese side, he would save two weeks on the way to Western Europe.