A view shows the Russian-made Mil Mi-8 helicopter, that went missing October 26, 2017 with eight people aboard off the coast of the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, in the settlement of Barentsburg on Svalbard, Norway April 28, 2015. (REUTERS PHOTO)
MOSCOW, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Norway has agreed to recover a Russian helicopter which crashed into the sea off the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said in a statement Monday.
"An agreement was reached on the use of a Norwegian large-capacity marine vessel for carrying out work to lift the helicopter," the statement said.
On Thursday, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter with eight Russian citizens on board disappeared from radar screens while flying over the Greenland Sea off a Russian settlement on the Svalbard Islands within the territory of Norway.
The wreckage of the helicopter was found on Thursday at a depth of 209 meters underwater and some 2.2 km off the coast, according to Norway's rescue services.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry said it had sent more than 40 rescuers to take part in the search operation.
Also on Sunday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had a telephone conversation with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg, who expressed her condolences over the death of Russian citizens in the crash, a Russian government statement said.
According to the Svalbard Treaty of 1920, the archipelago is under Norwegian sovereignty, but the exercise of sovereignty is subject to certain stipulations and citizens of signatory countries have equal rights to exploit its natural resources.