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    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin's trip to the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago is "regrettable" and Oslo could expand its entry restrictions imposed against several Russian officials, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry has announced.

    MOSCOW, April 19 (Sputnik) – Rogozin arrived on Svalbard on Saturday, to start a small Arctic expedition with the aim of assessing the level of technology needed for future Arctic exploration. Svalbard is the northernmost settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population, which includes the Russian mining community of Barentsburg that Rogozin visited on Saturday.

    "This is not a violation of Norwegian law, but we have clearly expressed to the Russian embassy in Oslo that the listed people are not wanted on Svalbard," ministry spokesman Frode O. Andersen told the local NTB news agency, as quoted by the Norwegian Aftenposten ("Evening Post") newspaper on Sunday.

    However, according to Andersen, "Rogozin's stay at Svalbard is…regrettable" in view of the Ukrainian crisis that the West claims Russia is involved in. Norway announced in March, 2014 that a number of key Russian officials were no longer welcome in the country, particularly because of Crimea's secession from Ukraine and its subsequent reunification with Russia.

    The Norwegian foreign ministry has now asked Russian authorities for an explanation over Rogozin's visit to Svalbard and Oslo will consider reinforced entry restrictions, which will include the archipelago, according to Andersen.

    The Svalbard archipelago falls under separate jurisdiction, although it is under the full sovereignty of Norway. The Arctic islands are not part of any Norwegian county but are administered by a state-appointed governor.

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