The revision of the Oslo agreement allows Washington to build defense facilities at three airfields and one naval base in that NATO country
Norway, which borders Russia to the north, announced on Friday that it has signed a revised agreement with the United States to regulate American defense activities on its soil.
The agreement between the two NATO allies will allow the United States to build military facilities at three Norwegian airfields and one naval base, but the United States will not be able to create its own separate bases on the territory of the country, the government said.
The treaty concluded by the Erna Solberg government must be ratified by the Norwegian parliament before it enters into force.
“The agreement regulates and facilitates the presence, training, and maneuvers of the US (military) in Norway, thereby contributing to the rapid strengthening of US military power in Norway in the event of a crisis or war,” the government said.
Relations between Norway and Russia, which share a common Arctic border, have gradually improved in the post-Cold War period, but this warming has stopped after Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014.
Tensions have erupted between the two countries due to military build-ups on both sides of the border and more frequent military maneuvers, but the two countries also cooperate on issues such as cross-border tourism, trade, and fishing.
Norway, which became one of the founders of NATO in 1949, has always stated that it will not allow the creation of foreign bases in peacetime or the deployment of nuclear weapons, although Western troops can conduct exercises on its territory.
“Our cooperation with allies is constantly evolving. The agreement confirms Norway’s close relationship with the United States and confirms Norway’s key position on the northern flank of NATO, said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Sureide. “Our policy regarding the deployment of foreign troops in Norway, the stockpiling or deployment of nuclear weapons and port visits remains unchanged.” – she said.
The Russian Embassy in Oslo has not yet commented on the statements of the Norwegian government.