It’s official: Norway is sending weapons to Ukraine

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Javad Parsa / NTB
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Norway will send 2,000 M72 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine. The military equipment will be prepared as soon as possible.

“The government has this afternoon decided that Norway will offer Ukraine arms support to defend the land against the military aggression from Russia. We are thus on the same line as close allies and the other Nordic countries. Norway has a restrictive practice for the export of military equipment, but Ukraine is now in an extraordinary situation,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) noted in a press release on Monday night.

The decision was made after a number of other countries decided to send weapons to Ukraine, including Finland, Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands.

“A contribution to support Ukraine”

In Norway, there has been a ban on the export of weapons to countries at war or at the brink of war since 1959. The government is now moving away from that practice. The government has a majority in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) that is in favor of sending weapons to Ukraine.

Like other countries, Norway has received an overview of military equipment that Ukraine needs, the government wrote in the press release.

“This is a contribution to support Ukraine in their defense against the military invasion. These are weapons that are easy to use, and used to defend against attacking armored vehicles. The Armed Forces are now working to prepare and send the equipment as quickly as possible,” Minister of Defense Odd Roger Enoksen (SP) stated.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has been clear that the country needs military support in the form of weapons and ammunition.

Donation 

Earlier, the government decided to send so-called military b-equipment to Ukraine, such as helmets and vests. Other countries, on the other hand, support Ukraine with ammunition and weapons produced in Norway.

The government emphasized that this is not a commercial export of weapons but a donation from one state to another and that it had spoken to the Storting before the decision was made.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine requires that we allow for very special decisions and measures,” Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (AP) said.

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2 Comments on "It’s official: Norway is sending weapons to Ukraine"

  1. This is only going to help make the war even worse. Støre and the government are just going to make things far worse … for the Ukrainian people … with this.
    Putin has snapped and is in kill mode, determined to let nothing stop him/them and to use whatever force – thermobaric/thermobarbaric or even nuclear weapons – to prevail.

    At the NUPI lecture today about whatever rightwing radicalization in the U.S. military and link of that to the Jan.6 invasion of our Capitol – Trump should be imprisoned for it, even if he had become irrational – I asked Håvard Haugstvedt if anyone had thought of Putin as being a child of Holocaust Survivors – that being one reason for what is happening. (He said he hadn’t heard of that.)
    I grew up with Jewish kids on Brittany Lane and knew some who were children of Holocaust Survivors, and they – the *children* – were haunted by it, sometimes with hunted looks on their faces.
    The Nazis isolated Leningrad for 872 days, cutting off food and other supplies, which turned it into a Nazi concentration camp, albeit run by the communist authorities who could be just as ruthless. I’ve read that Putin’s 2 year old brother Viktor whom he never knew was taken away from his parents during the siege – the little boy then to die of malnutrition and diphtheria, presumably alone.
    The fear of the West is deeply ingrained in especially older Russian generations.
    The rage of many Russians at being demonized and scapegoated and mistreated by the West is volcanic and may be erupting.

    Here again is what I wrote in response to the previous NT article about the Danes sending the Ukrainians antitank weapons:

    The bored-with-peace, war-rabid Danes( … and Swedes).
    Putin has now raised the nuclear threat, so any place in Ukraine receiving these war toys would be in mortal peril.
    The Danes might at least pause to think about the people in those places.

    • Darwin Rooney | 1. March 2022 at 01:11 | Reply

      Mr. Coatney,
      Do you propose to the whole world just to be slaves of nuclear dictators?
      Or you are still so naive to believe that he will stop on Ukraine border?

      Weapon supply is real support, which enhances the right of the Ukrainian people to protect their country and values.

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