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Warns Against Ban of Russian Fishing Vessels from Norwegian Ports

“There is also the political aspect of the fishery cooperation, so it (sanctions against Russian trawlers, editorial note) would be very difficult to implement,” says Holm.

The Barents cooperation paralyzed

Today, there is no Barents cooperation between Russia and the other Barents states, except Norway and Russia’s cooperation on fisheries, search, and rescue. Holm warns against removing one of the last remnant of cooperation with Russia.

“The people-to-people cooperation in the Barents region is difficult and they only have this left. It is not a cooperation right now, but they at least seem to have common fishery interests,” says the Russian veteran.

“A port ban against Russian fishing vessels will be the final nail in the coffin for the bilateral cooperation with Russia in many ways and it will be very dramatic if Norway chooses to do so. However, it is simultaneously the most effective thing that Norway can do right now, that does not have to do with the EU agreement.”

However, Gro Holm does not believe that the sanctions will stop the war in Ukraine.

Back to Russia

In a few days, when Gro Holm goes back to Russia for a period of three years for NRK, the hope is to cover the life behind the iron curtain as freely as possible. But for now, she knows very little about what she will be able to report back and which permissions she will be given.

The hope is to report on security and defence policies, also in the North, but even here she does not know what limitations will be laid upon her as a Norwegian journalist.

“I just have to try, but to make Interview appointments is a challenge because many Russians are afraid to speak to Western journalists now,” says Holm and adds that she, among other things, will try to gain access to the parts of Donbas in eastern Ukraine, which is controlled by rebel troops, together with Russian forces.”

“But that is also not easy,” concludes NRK’s new Russian correspondent.

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