Russia Defends Visit to Norwegian Island Despite Sanctions

Russia said on Monday its deputy prime minister had every right to visit a Norwegian island despite travel restrictions imposed on him over Ukraine, dismissing Oslo's condemnation of the trip. Oslo has demanded Moscow explain Dmitry Rogozin's Saturday stopover on the island of Spitsbergen in the arctic Svalbard archipelago. Norway is not an EU member but has adopted the same sanctions. Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement, "Norway's voluntary endorsement of the European Union's anti-Russian sanctions is regrettable."