Moscow believes that the upcoming increase in the foreign military presence in Norway to be a hostile step on Oslo's part that can not go without consequences, the Russian embassy in Norway said on Facebook.
Oslo announced on Tuesday that it would ask the United States, its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 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. "Such steps indicate that Norway is not predictable enough, they may lead to rising tensions and trigger an arms race, destabilizing the situation in northern Europe", the Russian embassy said, adding that "we consider them to be clearly unfriendly so they can not go without consequences". It is a program in accordance with which 330 US Marines were deployed to western Norway in January 2017. Last year, opposition members asked the government if the U.S. Marines are being used to make up for weaknesses in Norway's defense capabilities that the government should address through more investment.
Russian Federation on Thursday accused Norway of causing a spike in tensions after Oslo requested additional U.S. Marines to be stationed along the border of the two countries. This is the first time that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed here since World War II. The U.S. Marines were only expected to stay in Norway until the end of this year, but now Norway wants to increase the U.S. military presence in its country after 2019.
According to Russian diplomats, Norway's claims that the USA troops are deployed to the county on a rotational rather than permanent basis should mislead no one. "There are no American bases on Norwegian soil", she said, according to Reuters. Being Norway's neighboring country, Russian Federation is highly concerned about these developments.
Moscow's neighbors, such as Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have all expressed concern over Russia's revanchist tendencies following the 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and Moscow's support for pro-Russian separatists fighting in Ukraine.
"We believe that security in Europe must be equal and indivisible".
Although the USA and Norway maintain that the troops are only in the European country to train in freezing temperatures, the US also aims to build infrastructure at a location 40 miles south of Oslo, which could accommodate up to four fighter jets. "The sooner Oslo comes to realize it the better".