“Norway will allow U.S. troops to be stationed on its soil”

Norway will allow U.S. troops to be stationed on its soil for a limited period from next year, the defense ministry said on Monday, the first time foreign troops have been posted on its territory since the end of World War Two. Some 330 U.S. Marines will be stationed at the Vaernes military base in central Norway from January, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the trial would be reviewed in the course of the year. Norway is a founding member of the U.S.-led NATO alliance and a close U.S. political ally. NATO troops have long come to the Nordic country to take part in military exercise but have not been stationed on Norwegian territory. “The United States are our most important ally and we have a near bilateral relationship that we wish to develop,” Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement. “The defense of Norway is dependent on allied reinforcement and it is crucial for Norwegian security that our allies get the knowledge required to operate in Norway, together with Norwegian forces,” said Soereide who has expressed concern about Russian military activity since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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