Norway says Russia Jammed GPS Signal During NATO Drill
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November 13, 2018 - by JAN M. OLSEN and JARI TANNER for AP News
HELSINKI (AP) — The Norwegian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Russian forces in the Arctic disturbed GPS location signals during a recent large NATO drill in Norway.
The ministry said that Norway's Foreign Ministry earlier had raised the issue with Russian authorities.
In an email Tuesday to The Associated Press, the ministry said it "was aware that that jamming has been recorded between Oct. 16 and Nov. 7 from the Russian forces" on the Arctic Kola peninsula.
NATO's huge exercise Trident Juncture that included soldiers from 31 countries, was staged in Norway from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7. Finland and Sweden, which aren't NATO members, also took part in the drill.
Over the weekend, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his country's GPS location signals were intentionally disrupted in the northern Lapland region.
Finland's state Air Navigation Services issued a warning to civilian air traffic earlier last week.
Without providing any further evidence, Sipila said Sunday that neighboring Russia may have been to blame.