Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in white
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Russian minister defies travel ban and flies to Norway

Norway has summoned the Russian ambassador in Oslo for an explanation after a top Russian official defied a travel ban by visiting Arctic Norway.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin flew to Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle, then went to the North Pole to open a Russian drifting base.

Mr Rogozin has been blacklisted by the EU, US and Norway since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea. The sanctions bar visits or use of western banks.

The Russian foreign ministry reacted angrily to Norway's stance on the visit, calling it "inexplicable and absurd from the perspective of international law".

  • 20 Apr 2015
  • From the section World
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