Despite sanctions against Russia, Norway imported goods worth around NOK 1 billion from the country in June, including fish feed. SV and Venstre want to put an end to that.
Two-thirds of imports have been cut since March when they stood at a record high of NOK 3.1 billion, but the import of salmon feed – which is not subject to sanctions – was almost twice as high in June this year as in the same month last year, the newspaper Aftenposten writes.
Venstre now wants a ban on all imports from Russia and exports of fish products to Russia.
SV’s foreign policy spokesperson, Ingrid Fiskaa, says she is concerned that trade in these goods has increased.
“The players who are now increasing the export or import of raw material should simply not do so. They should rather take part in the general sanctions policy,” Fiskaa noted.
In the Ministry of Trade and Fisheries, State Secretary Kristina Sigurdsdottir Hansen (AP) says that Norwegian companies are very careful about trading with Russia.
She added that much of the imports in the second quarter relate to contracts entered into before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Business operators must decide for themselves what they import or export within the sanctions regime, which is in force at all times,” she said, confirming that the sanctions do not cover fish feed.
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