Russian spy at meetings with Norwegian authorities

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Russian Security Police FSB has had a man in Russian delegations at meetings with Norwegian national and regional authorities for a number of years.

NRK is confirmed by sources related to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finnmark County Municipality that Norwegian authorities have long been familiar with the Russian mission for Russian intelligence, FSB.

The FSB man has been a part of the Russian delegation at a number of meetings and conferences in Barents and Business Cooperation between Norway and Russia, including the Church Conference.

He also participated in bilateral meetings between Norway and Russia with Jonas Gahr Støre as Norwegian Foreign Minister. The FSB man remains central in Norwegian-Russian cooperation.

A number of people who have held management positions in Finnmark County Municipality say “it has been a known matter” that the relevant person in official delegations from northwestern Russia has been assigned a task for the Russian security police as well as the role of developing cooperation over border.

Finnmark County Municipality has therefore requested representatives from either the Foreign Ministry or the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk to be present at such meetings, NRK informed of informed teams.

The county councilor in Finnmark, Øystein Ruud, said he had not been aware of the Russian’s affiliation with the FSB, but stated that Finnmark has now initiated a cooperation with the Police Security Service, PST.

Senior Adviser in PST, Annett Aamodt, will not comment on the specific case, but confirms that the intelligence business with Norway is great.

Press Attaché at Russia’s Embassy in Norway, Olga Kiriak, finds it difficult to comment on the matter based on the information available. However, she writes in an e-mail that it may be natural that Russian border authorities, which are part of the FSB, participate in Russian delegations.

“In the case of security issues, migration or borders, it is natural that representatives of special services, included in a delegation,” writes Kiriak.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not comment on the matter. Communications Manager Frode Overland Andersen writes in an e-mail that questions must be asked for PST because “they are responsible for Norway’s intelligence against Norway”.

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