26 Jun '16, 3pm

Despite decades of Russian goodwill, #Norway is building up #military against Moscow

Last weekend, Norwegian media reported on the country's most ambitious plans to modernize the country's armed forces since the end of the Cold War. © AFP 2016/ YIANNIS KOURTOLGOU Oslo's New Defense Plan Leaves Norwegian Coast Defenseless The government plans include the purchase of at least 52 Lockheed Martin F-35 fifth-generation multirole fighter jets, four submarines (presumably Swedish-built diesel subs), and six coastal patrol aircraft. Plans also include the construction of five new frigates and six corvettes. Overall, the defense budget of the country of five million is expected to increase by 165 billion kroner (about $19.4 billion US) over the next 20 years. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg did not mince words as to who exactly the buildup is directed against, stating that "we have an increasingly unpredictable neighbor to the east which is strengthening its ...

Full article: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160626/1041982707/norway-...

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