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Lavrov: Our relations with Norway are OK

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov disagrees that relations between Russia and the West are tenser than before.

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After talks with Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende Mr. Lavrov said, "They have never been 'cloudless'. We don't create pretexts to make relations artificially tenser," the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports. "In recent months I have not observed any pretext to draw such conclusions," the Russian minister said.

Norway's government stresses the importance of cooperation with the Russian Federation, Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende said.

"We have an active trade investment cooperation. Our trade turnover is over three billion US dollars. We welcome Russia's investments in Norway," Minister Brende said. "Rosneft has been working on our continental shelf. We hope for investments of the kind over coming years."

Norway expects that the "fish issues" will be resolved and restrictions on supplies to Russia will be lifted, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said. Norway hopes that a meeting will be held in Moscow soon, at which all issues remaining will be resolved, Brende told reporters in Moscow.

Russia banned supplies of some fish and fish products from Norway on January 1. The restrictions apply to all fish except for salmon, Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Sergei Dankvert said. The supplies are banned from companies, which have not been inspected by Russian experts.

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