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Norway’s PM: Europe ‘on alert’ for Russian interference

During a joint press conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday with President Trump, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said her country, along with the whole of Europe, was on alert for potential Russian interference in their internal politics.

Calling Norway the “eyes and ears” for NATO and the West, Solberg noted that her country’s position along Russia’s northwest was vital for European defense. She also said that reports of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election had put Norway and other European capitals on guard.

“The discussion you’ve had in the United States has, of course, lifted this issue in all European countries,” Solberg said Wednesday in an interview with The Washington Post. “Every country has to deal with it their own way. It’s also about making your political system resilient enough against these types of threats.”

Solberg, in describe the U.S. as her country’s most important ally, is seeking to strengthen security partnerships with Washington and NATO.

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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