Norway’s overseas intelligence unit on Monday expressed renewed considerations that its GPS alerts within the nation’s Far North had been being jammed, as Oslo once more blamed Russia for the “unacceptable” acts.
In its annual nationwide threat evaluation report, the intelligence service stated that in repeated incidents since 2017, GPS alerts have been blocked from Russian territory in Norwegian areas close to the border with Russia.
The jamming occasions have typically coincided with navy workouts on Norwegian soil, such because the NATO Trident Juncture manoeuvres final autumn and the mid-January deployment of British assault helicopters in Norway for coaching in Arctic circumstances.
“This isn’t solely a brand new problem for Norwegian and Allied coaching operations,” the top of the intelligence unit, Morten Haga Lunde, stated as he introduced the report.
“Jamming can also be a risk to, amongst others, civilian air visitors and police and well being operations in peacetime.”
Norway has on a number of events raised the difficulty with Russian authorities, and is cooperating with different Nordic international locations to collect as a lot data as attainable, Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen stated.
“It is essential… to say clearly that that is unacceptable,” he informed tv channel TV2 Nyhetskanalen.
In November, neighbouring Finland summoned Russia’s ambassador to Helsinki to reply to accusations that Moscow had disrupted geopositioning alerts on its territory in the course of the Trident Juncture workouts.
Moscow has rejected the allegations as baseless.