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Norway is boosting its military readiness in light of Russia’s war in Ukraine

Norway, one of the few NATO countries that shares a land border with Russia, will further strengthen its military readiness, the government announced on Monday.

The country will expand its “presence and patrols around critical infrastructure in the North Sea” as well as around “critical infrastructure on land,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said.

Announcing the new measures at a news conference in Oslo, he said the level of activity had been increased to ensure Norway was “well prepared and able to act” as the country grappled with its “political security situation”. the most serious” in several decades

The prime minister said that the decision was made on the advice of the country’s defense chief.

“The war in Ukraine requires all NATO countries to be more careful,” the prime minister said.

Støre emphasized that “nothing has happened in the last 24 hours or in the last few days to escalate this now.”

“Evolution over time forces us to take this step,” he added.

Along with the prime minister, Norway’s defense chief Eirik Kristoffersen said he expected the increased level of preparedness to last at least a year.

“The most important task of the armed forces is to preserve our peace and security, and to prevent conflict,” Kristoffersen said.

The Army general explained that “in order to solve this task, we must adapt our activity to the situation in which we find ourselves at any given moment,” and the country’s military will begin to “reprioritize parts of our planned activities to enhance our preparation.”

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