Prime Minister Støre: A Russian attack on Ukraine is not unlikely

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Pontus Höök / NTB

It is possible and not unlikely that Russia will attack Ukraine, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said on Monday.

In a comment for the newspaper VG, Støre assessed the risk situation in recent days. 

“It is (still) as it has been. It is possible and not unlikely. And I think that’s how the Russian leadership wants it: unclear. And this is the impression that the Russian leadership wants to leave – it is an important means of pressure for Russia. Open democracies must think wisely and clearly and not allow themselves to be provoked unnecessarily – but also not be naive,” Støre (AP) said.

He noted that Norway has no plans to send forces to NATO countries in Eastern Europe. He pointed out that Norway is already contributing to the NATO force in Lithuania.

“In addition, we have a long coast, and we’re NATO’s eyes and ears in the north. We will continue to do this thoroughly, and have no plans beyond that,” Støre said.

He did not want to speculate on any new assignments for the frigate Fridtjof Nansen, which is participating in a NATO-led exercise in the Mediterranean.

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2 Comments on "Prime Minister Støre: A Russian attack on Ukraine is not unlikely"

  1. I would be no less – another double negative – interested in hearing from Prime Minister Støre why Norway ABSTAINED from voting for anti-(neo-)Nazi UN General Assembly Resolution 169 last month, 130-2-40.

    Ukraine voting AGAINST the resolution is understandable, since (neo-)Nazi Right Sector party operatives were instrumental in the 2014 coup and keeping Ukraine’s government in power … and its vote defines Ukraine to be a Nazi government/country. As to why we Americans were the only other country to vote against it – despite all the publicity about the stepfather of our Secretary of State Tony Blinken being a Holocaust Survivor – and thus make ourselves Nazi collaborators, I have been posing that question far and wide.

    And considering the danger of the Biden administration dragging us Americans … and therewith Norwegians … into a nuclear war with Russia over Ukraine, I would be very interested in what emergency civil defense/sivillforsvars measures the Støre government is right now taking to ensure the safety/survival of everyone in Norway.

  2. I have read the (Google translation of the) VG article about Prime Minister Støre’s plan to get war/combat in major cities discussed in the UN Security Council … and brought under humanitarian legal control … and it looks excellent!
    I hope Norway Today will do articles about this.

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