Russia opens a northern front
Russia’s relations with Norway had been improving until Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency
Appeared in print on 06.12.2012
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.