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Unformatted text preview: eriphery relationship, Russia still represents a “chaos-threat” (Kjølberg in: Knutsen et al. 1995: 324) and Norway is very aware of that in shaping its foreign policy. The Norwegian Foreign Minister said recently that Norway cannot be naïve, since it shares common borders with a Russia that time and again shows off its power. Development in Russia could suddenly take a negative turn and Norway has to be prepared for that. At the same time, the Minister warns against Russian phobia and Cold War reflexes in the Norwegian debate.71 It is a challenge to predict the future of the NorwegianRussian relationship, since as Count Alexander Benckendorff assessed with a fair amount of precision: “Russia’s past was admirable, its present is more than magnificent and as for its future – it is beyond anything that the boldest mind can imagine” (Count Alexander Benckendorff, 1830). 71 The Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s speech on “Relations between Norway and Russia and Development in Russia” (“Om forholde...
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