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Newsline: Russia summons Norwegian ambassador

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Norway’s ambassador to Moscow following the arrest of Russian citizens for allegedly deploying unmanned aerial vehicles illegally. According to the Russian diplomatic service in a statement, Moscow has conveyed to the Norwegian ambassador, Robert Kvile, the inadmissibility of these decisions taken by the authorities of the Scandinavian nation. The Russian representatives have remarked to Kvile that these arrests and trials “are politically motivated” and do not comply with “the principles of fair and impartial justice”, according to the Russian agency TASS. (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/moscow-summons-norwegian-ambassador-after-russians-arrested-over-alleged-illegal-drone-flights/) Finally, the Russian authorities have called for an end to what they consider to be ethnically motivated persecution of Russian citizens, which has been exacerbated since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

Newsline: Norwegian diplomats say Venezuela’s government and opposition to meet

The government of Venezuela and its opposition will resume over the weekend long-stalled negotiations meant to find a common path out of their country’s complex crisis, Norwegian diplomats announced. “We announce that the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Unitary Platform of Venezuela have decided to resume the dialogue and negotiation process in Mexico on November 26, facilitated by Norway,” the Norwegian Embassy in Mexico tweeted. “There the parties will sign a partial agreement on social matters.” (https://wtop.com/europe/2022/11/diplomats-venezuelas-government-opposition-to-meet/) The announcement of the upcoming discussions in Mexico City comes two weeks after delegates from both parties participated in a round table to address the Venezuelan crisis, promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron. The talks formally began in September 2021 in Mexico but were suspended the following month when President Nicolas Maduro ordered his delegation to withdraw in protest of the extradition to the United States of a close ally.

Newsline: Norwegian diplomat tweets insomnia prescription pic in India

Norwegian diplomat Erik Solheim tweets pic of an insomnia drug prescription. Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to reply to Erik Solheim’s tweet.The recommended treatment for it was “throw away your computer and phone”. (https://www.indiatoday.in/trending-news/story/norwegian-diplomat-erik-solheim-tweets-pic-of-a-prescription-anand-mahindra-has-the-best-response-2297492-2022-11-15) “Looks like you were tweeting this to me, @ErikSolheim?? By the way, my wife prescribed this for me aeons ago. And she doesn’t even possess a medical degree,” the industrialist retweeted Solheim’s tweet with his response.

Newsline: Several protesters tried to enter Iranian Embassy in Oslo

Several protesters attempted to enter the Iranian Embassy in Oslo, police said, with scuffles breaking out and rocks being thrown at officers. A crowd had gathered outside the diplomatic mission in Oslo to protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in custody in Iran after she was detained by Iran’s morality police. Several were shouting, others had Kurdish flags around their shoulders. Some called for freedom for Kurdistan, women’s freedom and shouted the name of Amini. Police in the Norwegian capital said “many people were behaving violently.” Authorities said 90 people had been detained.

Newsline: Iran summons Norway, UK ambassadors amid unrest

Iran’s foreign ministry summoned the ambassadors of the U.K. and Norway over issues it argued constitute meddling in the country’s ongoing protests, according to state media. The director-general of Western Europe within Iran’s foreign ministry called out Norway’s Parliament Speaker for allegedly “prejudicing and unrealistic comments” about recent protests in Iran, according to Iran’s official news agency, IRNA. The U.K. ambassador, meanwhile, was chastised for a London-based, Persian-language “hosting of the media” that Iran believes has produced “provocation and invitation to turbulence and expansion of riots in Iran on top of their agenda,” according to a second report from IRNA. (https://news.yahoo.com/iran-summons-ambassadors-uk-norway-123312218.html) The two issues could be considered by Iran as meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, state media notes. Iran has experiencing unrest in the week since a 22-year-old woman died in the custody of Iran’s morality police as protesters demonstrate against the country’s strict dress code and clash with security forces.

Newsline: Norway to close embassies in Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Kosovo in 2023

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway says that it will make several changes to its missions abroad, and five overseas missions will be closed down, including the Embassy of Norway in Colombo. Accordingly, Embassies in Bratislava (Slovakia), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Pristina (Kosovo), the embassy office in Antananarivo (Madagascar) and the Consulate General in Houston (USA) will be closed down, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anniken Huitfeldt stated. (https://www.newsfirst.lk/2022/09/09/norway-to-close-embassy-in-sri-lanka-in-2023/) Accordingly, Norway’s diplomatic relations with Kosovo, Madagascar, Slovakia and Sri Lanka will be dealt with through alternative arrangements, and responsibility for this will be given to a Norwegian embassy close by, or an ambassador based in Norway will be appointed for the country concerned.

Newsline: Moscow boots diplomat who was caught on video saying “I hate Russians”

Moscow said that a Norwegian consul can no longer stay in Russia after she was filmed declaring “I hate Russians” during an angry outburst at a hotel reception. “After what happened, Elisabeth Ellingsen’s presence in Russia is impossible,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kremlin-norwegian-diplomat-elisabeth-ellingsen-video-i-hate-russians/) Earlier, the foreign ministry summoned Norwegian Ambassador Rune Resaland and protested about Ellingsen’s “insulting Russophobic remarks”. The Norwegian diplomat was recorded insulting Russians at a hotel reception in the Arctic city of Murmansk. The video was posted over the weekend by the Mash Telegram channel, reputed to be close to Russia’s security services, and sparked an outcry in the country. “I hate Russians. … Just give me a room. … I’m used to clean rooms, I’m from Scandinavia,” Ellingsen was recorded as saying in English. The Norwegian foreign ministry said over the weekend it “deeply regretted” the incident. “The sentiments expressed do not reflect Norwegian policy or the Norwegian attitude towards Russia,” the foreign ministry said. On Thursday, Moscow said it had taken note of the Norwegian foreign ministry’s statement. A spokeswoman for the Norwegian foreign ministry, Guri Solberg, said on Thursday the country’s ambassador had been informed that Moscow had revoked Ellingsen’s visa.

Newsline: Norway expels Russian diplomat in spy case

Norway’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expelled a Russian diplomat linked to the case of a man jailed on accusations of spying for Russia, officials said. “We have today informed the Russian ambassador that one of his employees is unwanted in Norway and has been asked to leave the country. This is because the person in question has performed actions that are not compatible with his role and status as a diplomat,” Siri R. Svendsen told The Associated Press. (https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/suspected-norway-spy-work-defense-projects-72463642) It was unclear whether the expelled diplomat was the Russian intelligence officer that Norwegian authorities said was meeting with the suspected spy in an Oslo restaurant when he was arrested on Saturday. The accused man has not been officially identified beyond that he is a Norwegian national in his 50s who was born abroad. However, Norwegian broadcaster NRK identified him as Harsharn Singh Tathgar. The man’s employer said Tuesday that he was heading an industry project on 3D printing and had no security clearance and didn’t work on projects for the defense industry, the Norwegian Armed Forces or other governmental agencies. Norway-based DNV GL, a major global classification society for ships, said in a statement the man had not had any line management responsibilities for a number of years. The man was arrested Saturday in a pizza restaurant. On Monday, he was remanded in custody for four weeks. The man has admitted receiving money — a sum that the judge who remanded him in custody said was a “not insignificant amount.” If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of 15 years. The last time NATO-member Norway declared a Russian diplomat “persona non grata” was in March 2018 when several countries expelled dozens of Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Britain. Russia denied the accusations and responded with tit-for-tat expulsions.

Newsline: Trump to Nominate U.S. Ambassador to Norway to Replace Navy Secretary

President Trump announced in a tweet that he will nominate U.S. Ambassador to Norway Kenneth Braithwaite to replace former Navy secretary Richard Spencer. Trump’s tweet came just hours after Spencer was fired by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said he “lost confidence” in Spencer after he said Spencer met with White House officials to quietly offer to let a Navy SEAL convicted of war crimes to retire at his current rank. “Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s services have been terminated by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper,” Trump said in a tweet. (https://www.thedailybeast.com/kenneth-braithwaite-trump-to-nominate-us-ambassador-to-norway-to-replace-navy-secretary-richard-spencer) “I thank Richard for his service & commitment. Eddie will retire peacefully with all of the honors that he has earned, including his Trident Pin.” The Navy SEAL, Edward Gallagher, was found guilty of posing with a corpse in Iraq in 2017. Trump later restored his rank and has insisted in recent days that Gallagher will get to retire with his Trident pin, despite the White House notifying the Navy on Sunday morning that it would not intervene with the disciplinary action against Gallagher.

Newsline: Pakistan summons Norway’s ambassador over burning of Quran

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Norway’s ambassador to convey the deep concern of the government and Pakistani people over the recent burning of Islam’s holy book by a Norwegian man that was caught on video. In a statement, the ministry said: “Such actions hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims around the world.” (https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pakistan-summons-norways-ambassador-burning-quran-67252473) The statement demanded action against the person in the city of Kristiansand who desecrated the Quran at an anti-Islam rally last week. Pakistan’s reaction comes after video surfaced on social media showing a non-Muslim man burning the book. In the video, a Muslim youth is seen jumping over a fence and kicking the person burning the Quran. The incident drew nationwide condemnation, with many Pakistanis praising the youth as a hero for defending the Quran.