US move to Russian border? Norway DEFENSE PACT allows US PRESENCE!
The two NATO allies have agreed to let the US build facilities at three Norwegian airfields and one naval base – but it will not amount to separate US bases, according to Oslo.
The move could trigger further tensions between Russia and Norway, both nations have large military build ups on their respective sides of the border.
Since joining NATO in 1949, Norway has said it will not allow foreign bases to be established in peace time, although Western troops are welcome to exercise on its soil. What’s changed?
The updated agreement “confirms Norway’s key position on the northern flank of NATO,” Foreign Affairs Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said. “To ensure that Norway and our Allies can operate together in a crisis situation under difficult conditions, we must be able to hold exercises and train regularly here in Norway.”
The agreement gives the U.S. unimpeded access to specified facilities and areas, Norway’s government said. It does not change Norwegian policies that bar foreign forces from being stationed in the country.The facilities will be used by U.S., Norwegian and allied forces.