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Norway strengthens its military readiness in light of Russia’s war in Ukraine

Norway, one of the few NATO countries that shares a land border with Russia, is going to further strengthen its military readiness, the government announced on Monday.

The country will expand its “presence and patrols around critical infrastructure in the North Sea” as well as around “critical infrastructure on land”, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said.

Announcing the new measures at a news conference in Oslo, he said the increased level of activity was to ensure that Norway is “well prepared, and able to act” as the country grapples with its “political security situation”. most serious” in several decades

The prime minister said the decision was made on the advice of the country’s defense chief.

“The war in Ukraine makes it necessary for all NATO countries to be more vigilant,” the prime minister said.

Støre stressed that “nothing has happened in the last 24 hours or in the last few days for us to escalate this now.”

“It is the evolution over time that makes us take this step,” he added.

Alongside the prime minister, Norwegian defense chief Eirik Kristoffersen said he expected the increased readiness level to last at least a year.

“The most important task of the armed forces is to preserve our peace and security, and prevent conflicts,” Kristoffersen said.

The Army general explained that “in order to solve this task, we must adapt our activity to the situation in which we find ourselves at all times,” and the country’s military will begin to “reprioritize parts of our planned activities to strengthen our preparation.”

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