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The Norwegian Foreign Ministry expressed regret over the behavior of a consular employee in Murmansk

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The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its regret over the incident with the administrative officer of the country’s consulate in Murmansk, Elisabeth Ellingsen, which happened in one of the Russian hotels.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deeply regrets this incident. The feelings expressed in no way reflect Norwegian politics or Norwegian attitudes towards Russia and the Russian people. The ministry is working on the incident through the appropriate channels,” said Rones Bogsnes, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian Foreign Ministry in Tuva, on July 30.

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Ellingsen of nationalism and xenophobia because of her offensive remarks against workers at a hotel in Murmansk.

On July 30, a video circulated on the Internet in which Ellingsen actively expresses his dissatisfaction with the service to the employees of the Murmansk hotel, while using the phrase “I hate Russians.” The woman demanded to give her the key to the room and claimed that she was from Scandinavia, and therefore “used to clean rooms.”

On the eve it became known about the growth of cases of Russophobia in Finland. So, it was reported that a local resident kicked out a Russian-speaking elderly woman from a cafe. In addition, he threatened her with death. She tried to explain in Finnish that she had been living in Scandinavia for more than 30 years, but this did not stop the aggressor, and he began to let go.

On March 11, the Kremlin urged Russians to be careful because of Russophobia in the West. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the oppression of compatriots taking place in Europe as bordering on racism.

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