Norway has been warned by a senior Russian politician that it could now be a nuclear target after it allowed for the deployment of 330 US Marines.  Frants Klintsevich, a deputy chairman of Russia’s defence and security committee, said the deployment of US Marines at Værnes was part of a US build-up and made Norway fair game in the event of a nuclear confrontation.

Mr Klintsevich told Russia’s TV2 channel the Kremlin viewed the 330 Marines in Norway as a direct military threat. Norway joined Nato in 1949 but only after giving what was then the Soviet Union an assurance they would never allow foreign troops to be stationed there. The Local newspaper reported Mr Klintsevich said of the deployment of US Marines:’This is very dangerous for Norway and Norwegians. FULL REPORT