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Norway’s chief of defense: Finland, Sweden in NATO ‘opens up a lot of possibilities’

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Gen. Eirik J. Kristoffersen, center, discusses range operations during a meet-and-greet at Setermoen, , May 27, 2020. (U.S. Marine Corps/Abrey Liggins)

WASHINGTON: For decades, member Norway’s strategy for defense against Russian aggression was predicated on working around and , two non-NATO nations.

Now, with Finland moving to join NATO and Sweden expected to swiftly follow suit, Norway faces a “totally different situation” for building its national strategy for both homeland defense and military investments,  according the Norwegian military’s top officer.

“We have to review all of our plans; we have to look at the investments,” Gen. Eirik Kristoffersen, Norway’s chief of defense, told Breaking Defense in a May 12 interview, just hours after Finland made

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