Moscow threatens reprisals after accusing Norway of blocking transit to Svalbard

The Expedition. In this image at the Svalbard Archipelago (G Adventures)Russia’s foreign ministry said Wednesday it summoned Norway’s charge d’affaires, accusing Oslo of blocking access to the Svalbard archipelago and vowing retaliation.

The Russian foreign ministry said Norway’s restrictions disrupted the work of the Russian consulate general on Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, and a Russian coal mining settlement there.

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