"We want no militarization of the north, but we must have naval control," Solberg told Verdens Gang.
Earlier this week, senior researcher Sverre Lodgaard at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs pointed out that talks of Russia's military build-up were far-fetched, as the Russian defense budget only constituted about 12 percent of the US military budget and around eight percent of that of NATO. In comparison, the Warsaw Pact had a total military expenditure of 80 percent of NATO's when the Cold War was at its height, Norwegian national broadcaster NRK reported.
"NATO must not only think about the symbolic presence in the Baltic member states near the Russian border. It must also ensure that supply and communication lines across the Atlantic are kept open," Solberg told Verdens Gang.
At the same time, Solberg waved aside the risk of a Russian attack on Norway.
"We have a good relationship with Russia, and we do not think they have any desire to attack us. But we are where we are doing what is strategically important for Norway as part of NATO's long-term plans," Solberg said.
"Over the years, with good weather between Russia and the West, Norway has taken care of the alliance's knowledge of Russia, while many other NATO countries gradually dismantled their capacity. We think that it clever to be watchful. Other countries come and contribute, they train and take part in exercises. But in end it's only Norway that is NATO is in the North," Solberg said.
At the NATO Summit, Erna Solberg will be joined by Foreign Minister Børge Brende, Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and the Chief of Defense Haakon Bruun-Hanssen.