Norway Added to the Russia’s List of Unfriendly Countries

Norway has found itself on the list of foreign countries committing unfriendly actions against diplomatic and consular missions of the Russian Federation abroad, the Kremlin’s press service reported as quoted by TASS.

The decision stipulates restrictions – up to a complete ban – on the ability of countries deemed unfriendly to hire staff among Russian nationals to service their diplomatic missions, representative offices of state bodies, and state institutions.

This means that the number of locals that can Oslo employ at Norway’s diplomatic missions has been capped at 27.

Under a separate list related to the repayment of debts to creditors in Western jurisdictions, Kremlin has already formally labeled Norway an “unfriendly” state in March 2022 right after the US and its allies froze Russia’s foreign currency reserves.

Norway, whose local personnel allowance is the second-largest after Greece – which can employ up to 34 Russian nationals – joins the US, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia, and Slovakia on the list.

All of the abovementioned countries expelled Russian diplomats at some point on national security grounds or on allegations of espionage.

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