Søreide wants the government to analyze how the Ukraine war will affect Norway in the long term

Ine Eriksen SøreidePhoto: Berit Roald / NTB POOL
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The future is uncertain, but Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) still expects the government to analyze how the Ukraine war will affect Norway in the long run.

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (AP) will hold a speech on current foreign policy issues in the Norwegian parliament (Storting). 

Eriksen Søreide heads the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and says she expects to hear more about the long-term consequences of the war in Ukraine.

“Perfect storm”

“We are in many ways in a perfect storm, with the war in Europe and a food crisis that could cause social unrest in the Middle East and lead to extensive migration. In addition, we have energy prices that affect our continent and the whole world. This can affect security and defense policy for decades,” Eriksen Søreide said on NRK’s ​​Politisk kvarter on Tuesday morning.

She believes the government should strengthen cooperation with close allies, both the United States and NATO, allies in Europe and the Nordic countries.

Huitfeldt noted that she would focus a lot of her comments on the Ukraine situation.

Invasion in Europe

“We are in a completely different situation than a year ago. There is an invasion going on on the European continent that is putting the whole architecture of security policy, which has served us well for 30 years, under pressure. 

“I will use most of the statement to describe this (new situation) and how we plan to handle this from the Norwegian side,” Huitfeldt said.

“The important thing is to build up credible deterrence, at the same time as we contribute to avoiding misunderstandings,” she said.

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

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