Russia vows consequences after Norway invites more US Marines

By: Reuters | Oslo |
Published: June 15, 2018 12:47:41 am

Oslo has grown increasingly concerned about Russia since Moscow annexed of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, while adding that it does not regard its much larger neighbour as a direct threat. (Representational Image)

Russia vowed on Thursday to retaliate for a plan by Norway to more than double the number of US Marines stationed there. Oslo announced on Tuesday that it would ask the United States, its NATO ally, to send 700 Marines to train in Norway from 2019, against 330 at present, and said the additional troops would be based closer to the Russian border.

“This makes Norway less predictable and could cause growing tensions, triggering an arms race and destabilising the situation in northern Europe,” the Russian Embassy said in a statement on its Facebook page.


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