The country’s minister of defence, Ine Eriksen Søreide, said Norway would spend 3.6 billion kroner on building Norway’s first anti-aircraft battery and modernising its squadron of German-made Leopard 2 tanks, amongst other defence projects.
Several defence experts in Norway have been calling for more troops and better capabilities close to the Russian border.
”Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea has shown the challenges of being a small neighbouring country to a superpower with global ambitions,” Jacob Børresen, a former Navy commander, told NRK.
Some experts see the Russian behaviour as a return to old Cold War tactics.
“A chill has returned,” Heather Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told the Washington Post.
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