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Inside this motorcade crossing the border at Storskog Thursday morning is Army General Vladimir Kulishov, one of President Vladimir Putin’s top security officials.
Tight security: Storskog border checkpoint was closed for other travelers the few minutes it took for the FSB delegation to cross the border. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Delegation members enter the cars at Storskog. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
General Vladimir Kulishov and Police Commissioner Odd Reidar Humlegård at Storskog. Photo: Atle Staalesen
Motorcade with the Russian FSB delegation drove out from Storskog border checkpoint a few minutes before 9 am Thursday morning. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
First Deputy Head of FSB and Head of FSB Borger Guard Service, General Vladimir Kulishov and Norway’s National Police Commissioner Odd Reidar Humlegård coulld be seen in the back seat of this civilian police cars as the motorcade drove out from Storskog checkpoint. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Tight security around Storskog border checkpoint and Sollia Guest House Thursday morning. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Photo: Atle Staalesen
Motorcade with five cars exiting Storskog customs area. Photo: Atle Staalesen
First Deputy Head of FSB and Head of FSB Borger Guard Service, General Vladimir Kulishov and Norway’s National Police Commissioner Odd Reidar Humlegård on their way out of the Storskog border crossing point. Photo: Atle Staalesen
A delegation of Norwegian and Russian top security officials on their way out of Storskog border crossing point. Photo: Atle Staalesen
Tight security at Sollia Guest Hourse, the meeting venue. Photo: Atle Staalesen