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Russia, Norway in Arctic visit row

Russia has dismissed Norway's protests over a weekend visit to a Norwegian archipelago by a delegation that included the country's deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin.

During a visit to the Arctic on Sunday to inaugurate Russia's new floating research station, the delegation stopped by Norway's Svalbard islands.

Mr Rogozin has been slapped with sanctions barring him entry to the European Union and non-EU Norway over his position on Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Norway demanded that Moscow explain why he visited the islands given the sanctions imposed on him.

In response, Russia's foreign ministry said the delegation made the stop for "logistical reasons" and cited a 1920 treaty granting access to the islands to nationals of all signatory nations including Russia.

Mr Rogozin tweeted that the Norwegians were "simply jealous".

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