Neighboring Norway is not on Putin’s best wishes list for the New Year

On December 30, the Kremlin sent its best wishes for the New Year to a large number of governments and heads of state. But not all countries are greeted by the Russian president.

On the list of 36 countries is not Norway, the neighboring country which shares a land border 198 km long north with Russia. The two countries share vast waters in the Barents Sea.

The new Norwegian government has made it clear that it aims to intensify political dialogue with Russia. the policy document published when the government took office in November, stresses that “bilateral cooperation with Russia must be further developed”, with emphasis on ocean resources, climate and issues related to the coasts of the sea of Barents and the Arctic.

He also specifies that “new cooperation initiatives will be taken in relations with neighboring countries”, and that “common meeting points” for foreign and security policy dialogue will be established.

Meanwhile, Sweden and Finland are among the countries hosted by the Russian president.

In his message to Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Putin underlines that the bilateral relationship has a constructive and good neighborly character.

“The Russian head of state also expresses the hope of continued joint work on key issues on the bilateral and international agenda,” the Kremlin said. informed.


In his greetings to the new Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, Putin expresses the hope for a constructive development of the bilateral political dialogue and that the questions of trade, economic relations and humanitarian relations meet the key interests of the two countries.

Other recipients of Putin’s New Year’s greetings include key European countries like Germany, France, Spain and Italy. He also greeted several international organizations, including the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as well as the leaders of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the IOC, FIFA, UEFA and the International Federation of judo.

However, the EU is not among those welcomed. Neither do neighboring countries, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. And of course not Ukraine.

Toya J. Bell