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21.07.2000

ACCORDING TO PRESS REPORTS, THE NORWEGIAN CHIEF OF DEFENSE SIGURD FRISVOLD HAS SPOKEN IN FAVOR OF STUDYING THE QUESTION OF NORWAY'S PARTICIPATION IN THE AMERICAN PLANS TO CREATE A NATIONAL ABM SYSTEM 695

695-21-7-2000
Unofficial translation from Russian
STATEMENT BY OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

According to press reports, the Norwegian Chief of Defense Sigurd Frisvold has spoken in favor of studying the question of Norway's participation in the American plans to create a national ABM system.
Such views by this high-placed Norwegian military official cannot but cause surprise in the light of Norway's repeated statements of support of the ABM Treaty, which is the cornerstone of strategic stability.
Such ideas are the more alarming because an unresolved issue remains in Russian-Norwegian relations, that of the big radar station which is being built near the Russian border in the Norwegian town of Vardoe and which can be used in the interests of the US national ABM system.
Russia has repeatedly expressed its concern to the Norwegian side in connection with the construction of this radar.
So far the Norwegian side has officially assured at various levels that this radar has nothing to do with the American plans concerning a national ABM system. But the revelations by the Norwegian Chief of Defense make one think that the situation is the opposite one.
We proceed from the premise that actions connected with the implementation of plans to deploy a national ABM system lead to an undermining of the ABM Treaty, pose a potential threat to regional and global stability and are not in the interests of conscientious and goodneighborly cooperation in the north of Europe.
We hope that Norway, which claims that relations with Russia are a priority for it, will not take to a path fraught with negative consequences.
July 21, 2000