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Brussels (Dagbladet): It says defense secretary Frank Bakke-Jensen (H). He believes that Norway can use its good neighbourly relations with Russia constructivel

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Will have dialogue instead of atomopprustning

Brussels (Dagbladet): It says defense secretary Frank Bakke-Jensen (H). He believes that Norway can use its good neighbourly relations with Russia constructively a time when tension has increased and the arms race is once again in full swing.

the secretary of defense grew up with the Soviet union as an enemy behind the border. After the cold war has naboforholdet flourished. The last few years, relations have been cooling between Russia and the NATO-country Norway. But now finnmarkingen Bakke-Jensen tine it up.

Want to rig a climate for détente

- At one time or another we need to build trust. No one is served by atomopprustning, says Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg before a defence ministers meeting on Tuesday. He said that to salvage the agreement on the prohibition of nuclear missiles, the INF treaty, the most acute task he now has.

- It is my most acute task

Secretary of defense Frank Bakke-Jensen says that a breakdown of atomavtalen between Russia and the united STATES will be a setback to disarmament efforts. Just therefore, he believes now is time to build the trust and use the dialogue.

- When Stoltenberg says that the relationship with Russia now is bad, we must make an effort to get it better. Norway has as neighbours, the long tradition of dialogue, we have a lot of forums and channels to communicate through. We envision that we can help to rig a climate that can get the tension down, " says Bakke-Jensen.

Since 2014 has the relationship between NATO and Russia have cooled sufficiently powerful. Annexation of Crimea and Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine led to economic sanctions from the west. NATO has started the rearmament of their collective defence. Russia, according to NATO violated the INF treaty in several years, and now the united STATES has opted out of the agreement, which will be history in six months.

- We have a tense situation now because of Georgia, Ukraine and a more aggressive Russia. But then we have many areas where cooperation works well. We have cooperation on search and rescue, people to people cooperation, and we have research projects, we have so many venues. At the same time that we have cancelled military cooperation, we have extended the visa-free zone, we have conversations on embetsnivå and kystvaktsamarbeidet is very good. In a tense situation, it is important to lift up the venues in which we succeed with collaboration, " says Bakke-Jensen.

Stoltenberg: NATO will give Russia a clear answer

Defence intelligence service came recently with the information that the Russian federation has operated the GPS jamming, which not only can interfere with military activity, but also the civil aviation and search and rescue.

There are cases we can use as a starting point for conversations. Russia has an exercise on their side of the border, it is ok, but if it goes out of civil aviation, there is a problem and unacceptable. I have observed that the russians may be interested in participating in conversations about this.

Have been clear,

- Has the rhetoric of NATO against Russia have been too tough?

- No. Now I reply to the rhetoric we have, and it has been clear and balanced. WE can't just be a little for international law. Norway as a small country is dependent on international rules to be complied with. For us it has been important to point out a breach on the agreements and unacceptable violation of international law. We have said from about unacceptable GPS jamming in the north, we have pointed out what we see as unacceptable air traffic flight patterns during the exercises. But then we must also lift up that there is a huge neighbor that we have good and constructive cooperation, " says Bakke-Jensen.

He says frigjøringsjubileet in the county of Finnmark in the autumn can be one of several venues for dialogue.

- be Able to Norway, invited president Putin?

- We sent the invitation to Russia, they decided himself that it was only natural that it is the minister of foreign affairs Sergey Lavrov who is to come, and it is traditionally an appropriate level. It is a sign that we have arenas where we respect Russia for what they stand for. It is important that we showcase the variety in the relationship to Russia, and not only stigmatiserer, " says Bakke-Jensen.

Will answer total Expert warns: Now gearing up again

After the meeting about the INF treaty in the afternoon struck a NATO commander Jens Stoltenberg stated that there is full agreement in the alliance that the SSC-8 rakettsystemet that Russia has developed and deployed, poses a significant threat to Nato member states.

- the Missiles are mobile, difficult to detect and they can reach european cities with short detection time, whether they have conventional weapons or nuclear weapons. It lowers the threshold for use of nuclear weapons, said Stoltenberg following the meeting of the INF treaty in the afternoon.

He reiterated that the united STATES has taken up Russia's violation a lot of times the last few years, including the last month.

NATO has supported the United states 'decision to withdraw from the agreement since Russia violates the

- It is clear that an agreement which is only held by one party cannot guarantee our security," said Stoltenberg.

He said the challenge is to find the balance between clear violation of Russia's self-assertive conduct and the breach of it, and the desire for dialogue and to avoid a new arms race.

the Balance between deterrence and dialogue

We keep this balance. WE say that it will take time before we making any decision, and we say that our reactions should be accountable, proportionate and defensive. We have no intention to deploy land-based nuclear missiles in Europe, said Stoltenberg.

NATO is now in the process of analyses and discussions of what might happen if Russia turns around and destroys rakettsystemene in accordance with the INF treaty. Stoltenberg will not speculate about Nato's reactions, saying that NATO should act collectively.

the united STATES gives Russia 60 days to fulfill the agreement on nuclear missiles
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