Norway to Provide Military Equipment to Ukraine

Norway will provide military equipment to Ukraine following the Russian invasion, the Norwegian government announced in a statement on Feb. 28.

“The Ukrainian people are fighting for survival against a superior military force. Under these special circumstances we are authorizing the provision of military equipment to a country at war,” Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said.

“Russia’s attack on Ukraine is threatening European security in a way we have not experienced since the Second World War. It poses a threat to the norms, values, and principles on which our democratic societies are founded,” Gahr Støre further said.

Defense Minister Odd Roger Enoksen said that Ukraine requested the equipment, such as helmets and bulletproof vests.

The move overturns a Norwegian policy in place since since the 1950s of not sending arms to countries who are not members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that are at war or at risk of armed conflict.

The Norwegian government also announced that it is joining the European Union on imposing “historically harsh sanctions” against Russia, as well as Belarus.

Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum is set to ask Norway’s sovereign wealth fund to freeze all its investments in Russia “immediately.”

Additionally, Vedum will ask the fund to divest from Russia.

Norway has also closed its airspace to Russian airlines, joining other European countries in doing so.

Norway will also provide NOK 2 billion ($226 million) in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

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