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Norway’s PM rules out Sochi boycott

Norway's Prime Minister has announced she will not follows the leaders of the US, Germany and France and boycott the Winter Olympics in Sochi in protest at Russia's new anti-gay legislation.

Norway's PM rules out Sochi boycott
Protesters mock Russian President Vladimir Putin's stance on gay rights at New York's gay pride march - Kasya Shahovskaya
"I'm not in favour of mounting a strong protest by not being there," Erna Solberg told the VG newspaper. "I do not think it provides a better basis for dialogue with anyone." 
 
On Tuesday, the US announced that no major politicians would be attending the event, with President Barack Obama instead sending two openly gay Americans to represent the country, the tennis player Jean King and the hockey player Caitlin Cahow. 
 
France's President François Hollande and Germany's President Joachim Gauck have both also said they will not attend the games. 
 
Solberg told the paper that Norway frequently brought up human rights issues such as gay rights in its meetings with Russian officials. 
 

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Erna Solberg speaking at a press conference in May. Photo: Norway PM's office
Norway's prime minister Erna Solberg, foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, minister of health Bent Høie, and business minister Iselin Nybø will all attend the press conference at 4pm, indicating that they plan to make a significant announcement. 
 
The conference will also be attended by Espen Rostrup Nakstad from the Directorate of Health, and Frode Forland, Norway's state epidemiologist at the Norwegian Institution of Public Health.
 
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“I think this is what we've been waiting for,” said one of the members of the Facebook group  “Oss med familie eller kjæreste i utlandet under Covid-19 2020” (Those of us with family or sweethearts abroad during Covid-19 2020), which has been pushing for the rules to be relaxed so they can bring their partners to Norway. 
 
 
But another member pointed out that as Norway's justice minister Monica Mæland, who is responsible for setting the rules for family reunification, is not attending, the may be disappointed. 
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