‘Norway, Norway, out of NATO’: Bloc’s chief once sang ‘hit’ from booklet with Lenin pic
“We sang the chorus, ‘Singing Norway, Norway out of NATO’. It was a hit,” Stoltenberg joked to the Workers' Youth League (AUF), reported NTB news wire. NATO chief added that they were singing the anti-NATO songs from a “booklet with a picture of [Vladimir] Lenin on the first page.”
Great to wake up at Utøya, and to be together with so many engaged young people. pic.twitter.com/dWrFVZvwMU— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) August 7, 2015
Stoltenberg, 56, made his remarks when he and the young people arrived on the island of Utoya for the re-opening of the AUF-run summer camp. The site has been closed since mass killer Anders Breivik opened fire there back in 2011, killing at least 69 people.
“The horror that happened in 2011. It’s going to be a part of Utoya history for all times to come,” Stoltenberg said.
The anti-NATO songs were apparently sung when the current NATO chief first spent a summer in the Utoya camp somewhere around 1972-74 when he was 13-15 years old.
Now Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg in 1973 pic.twitter.com/jKj9wedBPD— Mannfred Nyttingnes (@MannfredNikolai) January 26, 2015
However, between 1985 and 1989, when he was the leader of the Workers' Youth League, he changed his ‘tune’ and became a supporter of NATO.
Apparently, a ‘love’ for Lenin grew in Stoltenberg due to his sister Camilla, who was a member of then Marxist-Leninist group Red Youth, which still exists in Norway. Together with Camilla he took part in rallies against the US war in Vietnam.
Up to the 1990s, Stoltenberg reportedly had close ties with a Soviet diplomat who turned out to be a KGB agent.
Now Stoltenberg is an active supporter of NATO and has recently announced the alliance plans to extend its Response Force to 40,000 troops from current 13,000. He believes that strong defense is a precondition for a dialogue with Russia.