Russia defends visit to Norwegian island despite sanctions

April 20, 2015 11:18 AM

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Russia defends visit to Norwegian island despite sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - 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.

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