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Russia, Norway to Conduct Joint Drills in Barents Sea

03.06.2015 17:37

Russia's Defense Ministry announced that Russian and Norwegian rescuers on Wednesday teamed up in the Arctic for a joint exercise of oil spill preparedness and response drills in the Barents Sea.

The two-day annual exercise “Barents-2015” are aimed to train for at-sea ship and aircraft crew search and rescue operations and oil spill clean-ups in the areas of the Arctic sea off the northern coasts of Norway and Russia. Russia sent its rescue helicopters, planes and a rescue tug from its Northern Fleet, Norway for its part has deployed rescue helicopters and coast guard ships. This year Moscow is responsible for the organising of the drills.

The two Arctic nations have cooperated on oil spill response in the area for over 20 years. In 2014 Norway suspended all military cooperation with Russia in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis.