Tag Archives: Arctic cold war

Svalbard Daily Planet for the week of Aug. 4-10, 2019

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Ukraine joins non-Arctic nations seeking a strong presence in Svalbard to Russia’s outrage, Svalbard Bryggeri debuts a seriously watered-down beverage, why the seed vault isn’t an ideal place to go bananas and other recent headlines about Svalbard from the global mainstream media.

Deadly European snowpocalypse, Russian GPS jamming, oil drilling fiascos – here’s how Svalbard’s non-disaster storm made disaster news elsewhere

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It wasn’t just locals blowing it when it came to worries about last wind’s wind storm. It somehow showed up in global stories about storms in Europe that killed at least 26 people, fears about Mother Nature’s wrath as Norway’s government strives for “peak oil” in a few years and Russia allegedly jamming crucial GPS signals during the storm.

SVALBARD’S 10 STRANGEST STORIES OF 2018: Russians linked to polar bear porn video connected to Trump meltdown while Norway’s royal family gets trashed

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Pretty much all of the news in Svalbard is strange compared to anywhere else.

WARGAME WEIRDNESS: U.S. bomber flies around Svalbard and Franz Josef Land; Russian bombers, possibly in response, simulate attack on Norway

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A U.S. bomber jet flew a loop around Svalbard and Franz Josef Land last week as part of a series of NATO training exercises in the Norwegian Arctic, which was followed by two Russian bombers conducting a simulated attack along the Norwegian coast on Thursday, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency and the military news website AldriMer.

‘Total collapse’: Russia steamrolls over Svalbard in training exercise, website claims; Norway denied it happened

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A report Russia staged a full-scale invasion of Svalbard during military training exercises caused Norway’s media to blow up Wednesday, so to speak, with reports of NATO participating in “crisis meetings after Norway’s total collapse” and Norway denying the exercise happened.

Svalbard declared one of Russia’s top war threats due to Norway’s goal of ‘absolute national jurisdiction’

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Norway’s attitude about Svalbard is among the top four geopolitical challenges – on par with NATO and the Baltic States – that puts Russia at risk of war, according to a Russian Defense Ministry report about national security threats.

‘You banned us!’ … ‘Oh, yeah? You hacked us!’ – Norway, Russia trade latest blows in Arctic playground fight

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Russia’s banning top Norwegian leaders from entering the country. Norway’s accusing a group with ties to Russian leaders of hacking high-level agencies. Svalbard Airport is facing the loss of nearly 10 percent of its income due to angry Russians sometime in the near future. And European are leaders eager to learn why the two countries get along so well in the Arctic. 

BREAKING: North Pole expeditions from Svalbard may be over as Russia blames Norway for worst season ever, says Barneo ice camp operations will move to Franz Josef Land

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The climactic heat resulted in the shortest and most disastrous North Pole season from Svalbard ever. The political heat may mean it’s also the last.

The Barneo ice camp stopped accepting new expeditions and began shutting down Saturday, only 11 days after opening nearly two weeks later than planned, and officials there stated in a post on their official Facebook they are planning to move their logistics operations from Svalbard to Franz Josef Land. The post does not specifically state the move will occur next year, but it does put most of the blame for this year’s disastrous season on new regulations enacted by Norway last year.

33,000 Russian troops rehearsed ‘the speedy seizure of northern Norway,’ other parts of Scandinavia this spring

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Shortly before Dmitry Rogozin was thumbing his nose at Norway by visiting Svalbard and hundreds of Russian soldiers were training on the ice north of the archipelago, a far more massive invasion of the area south of here was being practiced.

Norway to enact tougher entry rules for Svalbard; Rogozin calls Arctic this year’s Crimea

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Concerns Svalbard might be among Russia’s next targets after the Ukraine are no longer speculative, as Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin followed up a controversial visit to the archipelago by telling a Russian TV station this week he considers the two areas similar.