Despite NATO Tensions, Norway and Russia Sign Seismic Treaty,

Last week, while Norway and its NATO allies launched a massive exercise aimed at defending against a Russian attack, Oslo and Moscow signed an accord to facilitate seismic exploration for oil and gas along their Arctic maritime border. […]

However, the sharp rhetoric and the nearby drills did not prevent Russia and Norway from concluding a key treaty on seismic explorations. On Thursday, as Trident Juncture kicked off, Russian Minister of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin arrived in Oslo to sign an agreement that will allow Russian and Norwegian seismic vessels to cross their Barents Sea maritime border and collect data on either side. It covers survey track lines for up to five kilometers on either side of the border, and discoveries will be subject to unitization. ”This means that both counties will be able to improve their mapping of the resource potential along the delimitation line,” said Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Børge Freiberg. Läs artikel