Norway and Russia complete work on updated INCSEA security agreement, which strengthens mechanisms for preventing military collisions between aircraft and ships in the Far North.
The reality is, that we are seeing increasing military activity in the vicinity of Norway from both sides
– said Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen.
The new pact regulates the procedure for conducting operations with the participation of warships and military aircraft outside the 12-mile border of territorial waters and indicates prohibitions for certain actions of private and commercial sea vessels and civil aircraft.. To prevent incidents, special communication channels have been identified between the two countries.
The Russian-Norwegian border has a length of 196 km. The first agreement in the field of military security was signed back in 1990 year. To 2014 years, both states regularly conducted joint naval exercises in the Barents and Norwegian Seas. After the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation, the situation at the cordon has changed markedly. The military activity of the two countries has sharply increased, complemented by aggressive statements from the Norwegian authorities. The updated security agreement aims to reduce the degree of tension on the common border.