The Russian Embassy in Oslo lied to an article published by the Aldrimer.no website claiming that a group of Russian special forces were operating inside the territory of the kingdom, calling it blatant provocation.
"The information contained in Aldrimer.no's article on September 27, 2019, about alleged Russian special forces activities in Svalbard (Spitsbergen) is false. We can only describe it as a gross provocation. The publication is part of the systematic work being carried out
in certain circles in Norway to discredit Russia and present it as an enemy. "
The embassy added: "We do not rule out the possibility that this step, a clumsy attempt to justify the allocation of additional financial resources in the Norwegian defense budget in October, under the pretext of fighting" the Russian threat. "