BELGRADE – Norway has become the target of our nuclear weapons because of the deployment of 330 US Marines on its territory, warned Russian officials.

Frants Klintsevitsj, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Defense and Security of Russia, said for TV2 that Norwegian citizens will suffer because of US military presence in their country.

“This is very dangerous for Norway and the Norwegians. How to react at something like this? Never before have we had Norway on the list of targets of our strategic nuclear weapons. But if this is put into practice, Norwegian citizens will suffer,” said Klintsevitsj.

Norwegian defense minister said that there are no objective reasons for the Russians to react in this way.

“But Russians react the same way to everything NATO countries do,” said the minister.

Norway has been a NATO member since 1949.