Norway’s government considers closing ports for Russian ships

The EU has proposed closing ports to Russian ships as part of the sanctions. The Norwegian government will consider the proposal.

On Tuesday, the European Commission presented the fifth sanctions package aimed at Russia. It includes a proposal to introduce a ban on Russian ships in EU ports.

The proposal must be adopted by all the Member States of the Union. This proposal is also being considered by the Norwegian government, the Ministry of Trade and Industry told NTB.

“Norway stands together with the EU and other countries to ensure that the sanctions are strong and effective, and we will also implement this sanctions package. We will now review the proposals from the Commission and assess whether there is a need for adjustments when the package is to be incorporated into Norwegian law,” Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Bjørnar Skjæran (AP) stated.

Closed ports

Closed ports were one of the measures requested by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy when he addressed the Norwegian parliament (Storting) last week. After the speech, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) made it clear that such a measure was not relevant for Norway, as Norway and Russia have extensive fisheries cooperation. Conservative Party (H) leader Erna Solberg also didn’t think it was a good idea at the time.

The proposal from the EU states to stop Russian ships from entering EU ports includes some exceptions – for necessary goods such as food, humanitarian aid, and energy. The sanctions package was presented a few days after photos from the town of Butsja shocked the world.

“The events in Butsja have shaken us all, and must have consequences for Russia,” Skjæran said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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1 Comment on "Norway’s government considers closing ports for Russian ships"

  1. Closing ports to Russian ships would be more ethical and legal than yacht-seizing piracy.

    Meanwhile, Volodymyr Zelensky has again been indiscreet, claiming Ukraine will become a “big Israel.” (Haaretz, Sam Sokol, 5Apr22, “Zelenskyy Says Post-war Ukraine Will Emulate Israel, Won’t Be ‘Liberal, European’” and more, with the “big Israel” quote.)

    How this sits with Ukraine’s neo-Nazis and pro-Palestinian Europeans should be interesting to watch. Israel’s suppression and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians would seem to be nationalist Ukraine’s model.
    The Ukraine security police who a few weeks ago murdered moderate Ukrainian negotiator Denis Kireev … on the streets … are according to reports right now rounding up ethnic and/or pro-Russians in East Ukraine … to do what with?

    Were the Bucha dead actually murdered ethnic Russians or pro-Russians? There was an interval between the Russian withdrawal and the announcement of atrocities enabling that. Only a complete identification of all the bodies … and their ethnicity and loyalties … will be sufficient, before judgment can (or should) be passed and punitive action taken.

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