Norway to close consulate general in Murmansk

The Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk will be closed from July 1 All three Norwegian Consulates General in Russia are experiencing difficulties. Recently, the space for the mission in Murmansk has narrowed to promote the interests of Oslo, it will be temporarily closed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom decided

The Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk

The Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk will temporarily stop providing services to the population from July 1, the Foreign Ministry said kingdom.

“The space in which the consulate general in Murmansk can promote Norwegian interests has shrunk sharply over time. We cannot work normally when there is practically no activity,— said in a statement from the Norwegian ministry.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry called the Murmansk region “a special region with a strong military presence”, which determines the scope of the work of the diplomatic mission. The Ministry advised to apply to two other consulates general in Russia, they are located in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

“Our other two missions in Russia are also having a hard time, but in Murmansk the situation is completely different. It is important for Norway to have a residency in the north that can advance Norwegian interests. So the closure is temporary,— Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt stressed.

The Consulate General in Murmansk will resume work if the situation permits, the ministry assured, noting that “there is little chance that the situation will change.” This threatens that the Consulate General in Murmansk will not work for a long time, the minister warned.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry at the end of February recommended that the citizens of the country refrain from any trips to Russia. Norway joined the EU sanctions and closed its airspace to Russian aircraft. Then, at the end of April, Norway, together with the EU countries, banned Russian ships from entering their ports.

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In early March, the Norwegian Visa Application Centers in Russia stopped accepting applications for a Schengen visa or residence permit. In — embassy partner VFS Global then explained this situation with technical problems and “other unforeseen restrictions related to the current situation.”

In mid-May, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided to withdraw from the Council of the Baltic Sea States, which, among others, includes Norway. Huitfeldt, in an interview with TV2, then expressed her confidence that “without Russia, cooperation can be better and even closer.”

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