Refugee influx

At the press conference, Støre also pointed out that a refugee influx has now begun to affect Poland.

According to Støre, Norway wants joint solutions in the EU and the EEA to ensure that the refugees are distributed in a fair way between the member countries.

“We are prepared to enter into a Nordic co-operation on what can be a distribution over time so that there is not an unreasonable burden on a few (countries),” Støre said.

“Then Norway must take its share of it, based on a reasonable distribution between European countries.”

Gas-related fears

In European countries, fears are also growing that the conflict will lead to a halt in gas supplies from Russia.

This gives Norway an even more important role, according to Støre.

“Norway will remain a stable supplier of gas. It is important in the current situation. It is strategically important for our allies and partners in Europe. We supply 20% of European gas, and in the current uncertain situation, that is very important,” he said.

Close coordination

In the last 24 hours, Støre has spoken with Olaf Scholz of Germany, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, the prime ministers of the Nordic countries, as well as the Netherlands and the Baltic countries.

“Close coordination with our allies has never been more important,” Støre said.

“In the last 24 hours, we have seen a very clear unity in the Alliance,” he maintained.

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