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Newsline: Video of angry Norwegian diplomat fuels conflict

A Norwegian diplomat, angry that someone had tampered with her things in a Murmansk hotel room earlier this summer, unleashed a torrent of abuse against hotel staff that was captured on surveillance video. Portions of the video have since been released to media in both Russia and abroad, embarrassing both the diplomat and the Norwegian government. “I hate the Russians,” fumed the diplomat while accusing the hotel of also violating the accommodation of a colleague at the hotel as they were in the process of closing Norway’s consulate in Murmansk. She also complained that the cleanliness of her room was not up to her standards from Scandinavia, calling the hotel staff “a disgrace” and swearing at them repeatedly. (https://www.newsinenglish.no/2022/07/31/video-of-angry-diplomat-fuels-conflict/) Norway’s foreign ministry has apologized for the incident and claimed it in no way illustrated Norwegian policy or Norwegian attitudes towards Russians. The ministry wouldn’t directly comment on whether the diplomat faces punitive action, saying only that the case “would now be handled internally.”

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