Russia opens a northern front

Russia’s relations with Norway had been improving until Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency

A handbook of modern Russian diplomacy might be entitled “How to lose friends and alienate people”. The past month has brought a blizzard of bad news for the Kremlin, including Germany’s shift to a new, tougher Ostpolitik, and the exposure of Russian lobbying efforts in Britain’s Conservative party.  But perhaps the most surprising twist of all is a growing row with Norway.

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