Norway, the only place in Europe where Russian fishing boats can still land, is taking stricter measures against Russian fishing vessels for safety reasons. In recent days, pressure has mounted to impose a ban on the docking of ships from Russia.

    “We are closely monitoring Russian activities in Norwegian waters and ports to prevent Norway from becoming a transit country for illegal goods transport to Russia,” said Anniken Huitfeldt, foreign minister.

    Specifically, from now on, Russian fishing vessels are only allowed to dock in three ports on the Norwegian coast. And they should be checked there too. Minister Huitfeldt did not want to go that far by banning Russian ships from Norwegian ports altogether.

    Calls for tougher measures came after the suspected sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. According to some, the presence of Russian ships in Norway would increase the risk of espionage and sabotage.

    Norway is the largest supplier of natural gas to Europe. Since the leaks in Nord Stream 1 and 2, the country has continued to deploy its military to protect its energy infrastructure.

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