Nielsen: ordinary Norwegians don't like the deterioration of relations with Russia
The crisis between Russia and European countries due to differences in provisions on Ukraine, and deteriorating as a result of this relationship at the international level, not like the majority of ordinary Norwegians who want to continue the interaction, said Last news famous Norwegian historian Jens Petter Nielsen.
Nielsen is Professor of history at the University of troms?, for many years engaged in the research of relations between Norway and Russia. The last work on which he, as an editor, she worked for six years in collaboration with colleagues from Russia - collection " Russia is getting closer ", it covers two hundred year period in the shared history of the two countries - from 1814 to 2014.
" Our shared history of relations between Norway and Russia is a very peaceful and quiet, we never had a war. Our common border all was quiet for 200 years. As for Norway we currently are not afraid of Russia, " says the historian, but recognizes That the Crisis, which is associated with Ukraine, significantly affects the relations of both countries. The most vulnerable, it seems to him the situation in the Northern part on the borderline with Russia, where citizens have not paid attention to the formal borders, talked, fought the Pomor trade was judged one another on merit, regardless of foreign background.
" I think the North is obliged to stand above international relations. If Norway and Russia agreed to keep the Northern areas, not to engage in conflict, it would be good, " says Nielsen. According to him, in Norway there are scientists that report a new cold war, but the majority still hopes That the period of deteriorating relations between the countries will not be too long.
" The current Crisis is very unpopular with the majority of Norwegians, like most Russian citizens. Ordinary citizens in both countries do not want punishment, they want to cooperate in the economy, it is useful to ordinary people, " said Norwegian historian.
Western countries since March has repeatedly imposed punishment on a number of Russian politicians, businessmen and organizations because of the position of Russia in Ukraine. The last case of the use of such practices began in December limits, when the head of the U.S. announced an economic blockade of the Crimea, and in the sanctions List included a number of famous figures from the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.
The list of Russian Citizens and organizations, first fell under the sentence, the material of the Fins news