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International reaction to the Russo-Norwegian War (Cold Response)

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Flag of NATO NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
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Individual states

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Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek condemned the Russian attack on Norway, and compared the Russian aggression to the German annexation of Czechoslovakia in 1938-1939 and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. He offered the Norwegian people and Prime Minister Siv Jensen the solidarity of the Czech people, and assured that the Czech Republic would provide with economic and military assistance.
Flag of Denmark Denmark Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen condemned the attack, and in a press conference on September 10 he said that: "The Danish government condemns in the strongest terms the Russian attack on Norway. The attack emphasizes the growing threat that Russia has proven to be, and I join my Swedish colleague in recognizing the resemblance of their foreign policy with the same doctrine Hitler used little more than half a century ago to undermine and attack substantial parts of central Europe. Their attack on Norway is an attack on all of us. Let me as well express my deepest sympathies and solidarity for the Norwegian people, who is our close ally. I urge NATO to come to the support of Norway, and urge the UN to quickly put an end to this conflict."

The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller also commented the Russian attack, saying that the attack was "completely unacceptable". We have severely increased protection and ordered partial mobilization of our armed forces."

The Danish government also promised to send military aid to Norway in form of F-16 fighter aircraft, as well as humanitarian aid for the Norwegian civilians affected by the conflict.

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Flag of Iceland Iceland The Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson condemned the Russian attack on Norway, and in a statement from the Ministry she said that "the Russian attack is completely unacceptable, and I call the Russian government to restrain themselves and end the hostilities with a peaceful solution."

Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir also condemned the Russian attack on Norway, and offered them support of the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Icelandic Crisis Response Unit - ICRU (Íslenska Friðargæslan) for peacekeeping purposes. The proposal was met with wide support within the Althing and the Icelandic population, having the Norwegian economic assistance in 2009 fresh in mind.

On September 12, Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson condemned the Russian attack on Norway in a adress, saying that "the hostilities between Russia and Norway and the resulting loss of life is very serious and concerning, and I call on Russia to exercise restraint and to continue to discuss and seek to resolve this matter with Norway through the good offices of the United Nations."

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Flag of Sweden Sweden Swedish Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was shocked by the Russian attack on Norway, and in a press conference he said: "This morning, Russian troops attacked our Norwegian neighbours in an act of aggression. The news of the Russian attack comes as a great shock to me and the rest of the people of Sweden. The aggression is totally unacceptable, and it is crucial that Russian and Norwegian military forces avoid further confrontations." He also promised to send humanitarian aid to Norwegian refugees and civilians affected by the counflict.

The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Carl Bildt said in a statement on September 10: "The way in which the situation in Northern Norway has deteriorated is cause for profound concern. It is extremely important that both parties involved exercises restraint and play their part in bringing about a political solution. I am particularly concerned about the impact of the conflict on civilians. The conflict between Norway and Russia is a great risk of this spreading to other parts of Europe. No state has the right to intervene militarily in the territory of another state simply because of national interests over national and maritime boundaries. Attempts to apply such a doctrine have plunged Europe into war in the past... The doctrine the Russians has taken the last few years keep resembling the one Hitler used little more than half a century ago to undermine and attack substantial parts of central Europe."

On September 12 Bildt said in a telephone interview from the Norwegian capital Oslo that: "Russia's military attacks on Norway has damaged both Moscow's and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's image abroad" ... "Russia will sooner or later have to pay a high price for this," .... "The Russian attack is another proof of their Hitlersque foreign policy, and it is beyond belief that anyone can side with Russia in this matter,". He also added that the attacks bore witness to "a strong element of revenge, particularly from Prime Minister Putin."

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the Russian aggression, offering the Norwegian government their solidarity and military assistance. In a press conference at 10 Downing Street he stated that:
Flag of the United States United States The U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the Russian aggression, and shortly after being briefed at 05:00 A.M. UTC-5 he contacted Norwegian Prime Minister Siv Jensen, expressing his complete solidarity with Norway. Later that day, at 08:00 P.M. UTC-5 he held a press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., saying:

"Today news reports indicate that Russian military forces crossed an internationally-recognized border into the sovereign territory of Norway. The Russian act of aggression on our fellow NATO member is totally unacceptable. What is most critical now is to avoid further confrontation between Russian and Norwegian military forces. The consequences for Euro-Atlantic stability and security are grave.

This is the second Russian aggression against a small neighbouring state in two years, and despite that the government of Norway has called for a cease-fire and for a resumption of direct talks on the international waters between these countries with international mediators, the Russian govermnent in Moscow has refused to accept any cease-fire agreements. The U.S. should immediately convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to call on Russia to reverse course. The U.S. should immediately work with the EU and the OSCE to put diplomatic pressure on Russia to reverse this perilous course it has chosen. We should immediately call a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to show our solidarity with Norway in this matter by operationalizing Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, while contributing to stabilizing this very dangerous situation. Finally, the international community needs to establish a truly independent and neutral peacekeeping force in Northern Norway.

The U.S. demand that the Russian government immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovereign Norwegian territory. Or else, we will respond as according to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. Because today, we are all Norwegians."

Later that day the President also announced that he would visit Norway as soon as the situation presented itself, and said he would follow the situation closely, consulting both his own advisors and ministers as well as the Norwegian government.

Later that day, a joint press conference between Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also condemned the Russian invasion on the strongest possible terms, calling Putin a "dictator mad for power and resources". They announced that they would also visit Norway as soon as the situation allowed it, and offered President Obama their assistance in the matter, which he lated accepted.

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