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Norway Allows Direct Sales of Arms to Ukraine to Address Prolonged Aggression

The Norwegian government has made a significant policy shift, deciding to authorize direct sales of arms and defense products from its defense industry to Ukraine, effective January 1, 2024.

Norway’s Response to Russia’s Aggression

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This decision is in response to the ongoing security challenges posed by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Norway’s Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide, emphasized the importance of supporting Ukraine in the face of this extraordinary security situation, deeming it crucial for both Norwegian and European security.

Espen Barth Eide Stresses Crucial Support

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“In the extraordinary security situation resulting from Russia’s war of aggression, it is crucial that we continue to support Ukraine. Support for Ukraine is important for Norwegian and European security,” stated Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.

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Strategic Decision

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The government’s decision aims to address the potential prolongation of the Russian attack by allowing direct sales of weapons and defense-related products from the Norwegian defense industry to Ukraine.

Safeguarding Defense and Security Interests

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Foreign Minister Eide emphasized the strategic significance of this move, stating, “This change means that we are safeguarding fundamental defense and security policy interests for Norway together with our allies.”

Role of the Defense Industry in Current Security Policy

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Norwegian Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram highlighted the use of various instruments to facilitate the crucial role of the defense industry in the current security policy situation. He mentioned that the decision to permit direct sales is aligned with Norway’s defense and security policy objectives.

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Case By Case Basis

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The Foreign Ministry clarified that export licenses for direct sales will be granted on a case-by-case basis, subject to rigorous assessments.

Monitoring will be conducted within a strict and responsible framework defined by Norwegian export control regulations.

Prime Minister Støre’s Plans

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Moreover, the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, unveiled plans to provide additional assistance to Ukraine. This assistance includes support to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense, financial aid for healthcare and education, and financing for increased ammunition production.

Norway and the UK Strategize to Support Ukraine

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In a collaborative effort, Norway and the UK are strategizing to help Ukraine bolster its Naval Forces. This joint initiative is called the Maritime Capabilities Coalition.  Its goal is to assist Ukraine in modernizing its Navy so that it can better cooperate with NATO forces and bolster Black Sea security.

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UK Defense Ministry’s Statement

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“The new maritime coalition will work closely with the Ukrainian Navy and Ministry of Defense to develop a number of capabilities, including the rapid development of a maritime force in the Black Sea, continuing to develop a Ukrainian Marine Corps, and river patrol craft to defend coastal and inland waterways,” the UK Defense Ministry explained.

Naval Help To Be Provided

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Two Royal Navy Sandown-class minehunters will be transferred to Ukraine as part of the coalition, according to announcements made by the UK and Norway. Furthermore, data from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense indicates that 23 speedboats and 20 Viking amphibious vehicles will be delivered to Kyiv.

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