The three day Russian missile exercise begins on Thursday on the international waters outside the Møre Coast. It is taking place in the midst of the magnificent NATO exercise “Trident Juncture”.
However, The Armed Forces confirmed that the Russian exercise of missile shooting outside the Møre Coast is different from a normal pattern.
According to NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg, the defense exercise of Russia is normal and it happens.
But, General Lieutenant Rune Jakobsen, Head of the Armed Forces Operational Headquarters, says it is common for such practices to take place in the Barents Sea, much further north.
– I can not remember the last time we saw this down. Such a thing differs from a normal pattern, Jakobsen says to NTB.
“We have a close relationship with the northern fleet, and it is not the way it normally operates. But of course Russia’s right to do it, he says.
Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen (H), on the other hand, does not see anything new in Russian exercise and says that Norway has to accept it anyway.
He points out that it is not new that Russia is conducting its own exercises closely following ongoing NATO exercises. In the past, this has happened in the Baltic Sea.
“But this is international waters, and Russia is in its full right to practice there. They have established an area and they have notified it. Then we just have to accept it, he says.