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Norway and Russia agree on maritime research in the North

Will make it easier for Norwegian maritime research vessels to gain access to the Russian sector of the Barents Sea.

It will now be easier for Norwegian maritime research vessels to gain access to the Russian sector of the Barents Sea, Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik says.

Bondevik made the statement after talks in Kirkenes with his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Kazianov on Friday.

The last few years, Russia has denied permission for most of the Norwegian requests for permission to carry out research missions in the Russian sector.

Last fall, Norway reacted by refusing Russian vessels access to the Norwegian sector.

However, the two leaders have now agreed to let marine research expeditions easier access to these waters.