Gram open to possibility of training Ukrainian soldiers in Norway

Bjørn Arild GramPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

Minister of Defense Bjørn Arild Gram says it is relevant for Norway to train Ukrainian soldiers in the use of weapons. He does not want to rule out that the training could happen on Norwegian soil.

NATO wants to change the structure of the Ukrainian defense – from Soviet equipment to modern Western weapons of NATO standard.

“With that comes an increased need for training and education. We have already contributed to that. The donation of artillery weapons took place in combination with the training of Ukrainian soldiers in Germany, where Norwegian soldiers also contributed. It may be relevant in the future as well,” Gram told NTB.

Gram did not want to “rule out” that the training of Ukrainian soldiers could take place in Norway. 

Gram’s statements come after NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that NATO is ready to provide both heavy weapons and long-range systems to Ukraine. A decision is likely to come at the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June.

“I expect that NATO allies at the summit will agree on a comprehensive package that will help Ukraine in the long term in the transition from Soviet equipment to NATO equipment,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference on Wednesday.

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