Norway increases aid to Ukraine by 200 million kroner, says it’s ready to join new sanctions against Russia

Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

Norway will join the new sanctions against Russia that the EU is planning, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) said on Thursday.

“Russia has taken on an enormous responsibility by launching a military attack on a neighboring country in Europe. It is clear that it will have consequences for Russia’s relations with all countries,” Støre said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Støre pointed out that both Norway and Russia have a responsibility to safeguard their neighborly relations but emphasized that Norway will issue and stand behind clear statements aimed at Russia.

“Norway will join the sanctions that are now being discussed with European partners as a reaction (to the attack),” Støre said.

EU member states will discuss further sanctions against Russia at an emergency meeting on Thursday as a result of the attack on Ukraine.

The EU heads of state and governments plan to impose sanctions that will have massive and serious consequences for Russia.

“We strongly condemn Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. Through unprovoked and unjustified military action, Russia is violating international law and undermining European and global security and stability,” the members of the European Council wrote in a joint statement on Thursday.

Norway increases emergency aid to Ukraine 

The government will send humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Ukraine. It is increasing emergency aid by NOK 200 million.

“Norway is already providing humanitarian and economic and political support to Ukraine. 

“We will line up more in the time to come,” Støre said. 

Background: Russian attack on Ukraine

In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.

Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights.

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