The American aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford, the world’s largest long-ship, arrived in Oslo, Norway on Wednesday, raising tensions in Russia as it seeks to show NATO’s strength.
It is a new generation nuclear powered missile that has more than 100,000 tons and 337 meters in length that has arrived there for military exercises.
“The visit and the presence of the naval group will contribute to the sky” […] a unique opportunity to cooperate and work more closely with our ally the United States of America,” he said in a Norwegian military statement.
The arrival of this ship occurs in the context of strong tension between Russia and Western countries over the war in Ukraine.
For example, the Russian embassy, in the words of its spokesman, criticized Timur Shekanov for his presence on Norwegian soil. “There are no problems in the north that require a military solution, no problems that need outside intervention,” Shekanov told AFP.
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“Since Oslo admits that Russia does not face any direct military threat, such a show of force seems inappropriate and damaging to us,” he added.
The longships will remain in Norwegian waters until Tuesday 30 May before heading to the Arctic. He will conduct exercises with Norwegian military forces there.
Russia shares a 198 km land border in the Great North with Norway, which is a member of NATO. It also has a long term in the Barents Sea.
What about the arrival of Norway?
In turn, the Norwegian minister, Bjørn Arild Gram, said: “It is an expression of our close relationship with the United States of America and demonstrates the will of collective defense and deterrence.”
In this sense, the Norwegian army confirmed that this is “an opportunity to increase cooperation and work more closely with our ally the United States.”