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Norway approves direct arms sales to Ukraine

Norway has opened the door for direct sales of weapons and defense products to Ukraine, marking a significant shift in its defense policy.
Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre. Credit: Ukraine’s Presidential Office
Norway approves direct arms sales to Ukraine

The Norwegian government permits direct sales of weapons and defense products from its defense industry to Ukraine. This policy change, as reported on the country’s government portal, took effect on 1 January 2024.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide emphasized the importance of supporting Ukraine for both Norwegian and European security.

“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,” Eide said.

The government’s decision, conditional on exports meeting the requirements for verified needs and end-user control, marks a significant shift in Norway’s policy.

“This change means that we are safeguarding fundamental defense and security policy interests for Norway together with our allies,” Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasizes that export licenses for direct sales will only be granted on an individual basis and will be rigorously evaluated. Control will continue to be exercised within strict and responsible frameworks in accordance with Norwegian export control regulations.

On 11 December, the British Ministry of Defence announced that The UK and Norway will co-lead a Maritime Capability Coalition, providing ships and transport to enhance Ukraine’s ability to operate at sea.

On 13 December, During a press conference with the participants of the Nordic Summit, Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre announced an additional $1.8 billion in aid to Ukraine by the end of 2023, with further assistance planned for early next year.

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