Norwegian Defense Ministry: Russia knocks out GPS signal during NATO drill

Norwegian Defense Ministry: Russia knocks out GPS signal during NATO drill

Earlier Finland called for an investigation into the causes of drown-out.

The Norwegian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Russian forces in the Arctic disturbed GPS location signals during a recent large NATO drill in Norway. Over the weekend, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his country’s GPS location signals were intentionally disrupted in the northern Lapland region. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has called for a thorough investigation into the incident, Associated Press reports.

“We know nothing about Russia’s possible involvement in those GPS failures,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to TASS news agency. “There is a trend to blame all mortal sins on Russia.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters Monday that cyber and electronic warfare is becoming more and more widespread, “therefore we take all these issues very seriously.”

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. The jamming of the location signals isn’t believed to have caused any accidents. There are large military facilities of Russia, including the Northern Fleet.

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