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With a  shared border having been open until the 1940s, the Norwegian-Russian relationship has been shaped by boundary-stone disputes one often sees between neighbors. While a territorial dispute over areas of the Barents Sea was resolved in 2010,[1] longstanding issues over pollution continue,[2] and as a founding member of NATO, Norway is perceived as a maritime threat by the Kremlin.[3] The 2017 deployment of US troops in the area has been a cause for tension as well,[4] with Russia simulating an attack on a Norwegian radar station in 2017.[5] This is mixed with stabilizing factors such as visa-free zones and large a Russian diaspora, as well as a domestic political movement which favors a peaceful relationship and harbors mixed feelings regarding sanctions over Ukraine.[6] Digital threats against political, military, and economic targets are considered a threat by the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS).[7] Russia infiltration of social networks, news commentary websites, and beyond has been noted[8]; Norway’s Labour Party fell victim to Russian hacking in fall 2017[9]; and instances of blackmailing against individuals have occurred as well.[10] While Russian espionage has been noted as the “No. 1” threat according to the Police Security Service’s annual assessment,[11] there has been little in terms of concrete action. Norway is, for example, not engaged in the Centres of Excellence set up by EU and NATO to tackle Russian disinformation.[12]

[8] ibid
[11] ibid

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