Ukraine’s ambassador asks Norway to change law so that it can send arms to Ukraine

Photo: AP Photo / Alberto Pezzali

Ukraine’s ambassador to Norway, Jatsiuk Viatsjeslav, is asking for support to strengthen the Ukrainian defense and hopes Norway will change its legislation to be able to help.

“Ukraine appreciates sympathy and support, but we need more than that. We need practical support; we need tangible support,” Viatsjeslav said.

He asked Norway to change the law on arms exports, which prevents Norway from selling weapons to countries at war, in order to send military support to Ukraine.

“We know about the existing obstacles in Norwegian legislation. At the same time, we truly believe that this is a crucial moment for all of us, and we must all show the political will to stand together, and even the most enshrined legislation can be changed. If there is a will, it is possible to make it happen. We need this support from Norway,” he said.

Background: Russian attack on Ukraine

In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.

Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights.

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

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