Comment by the Russian Embassy in Norway to "Russia 24" TV channel in connection with preparations of stationing of US Marine Corps (USMC) unit of around 330 troops on a rotating basis at the Værnes base near Trondheim

October 26, 2016

Stationing of the US Marine Corps Rotational Force unit of around 330 troops at the Værnes for sure won't make better security situation in Northern Europe. Taking into account multiple statements of Norwegian officials about the absence of military threat from Russia to Norway it is not clear for us why Norway needs the US military on its territory, even on a rotating basis. The policy of non-stationing of foreign military bases on its territory has always been an advantage for Norway over other NATO countries.