Norway authorizes defence industry to directly sell arms to Ukraine

By Defence Industry Europe

The Norwegian government has announced a significant policy shift, allowing direct sales of weapons and defence-related products from Norwegian defence companies to Ukraine, effective from January 1, 2024. This decision is a response to Russia's ongoing aggression in Ukraine.

 

Since the outset of the Russian invasion in February 2022, Norway has actively supported Ukraine by donating weapons and defence equipment, adapting its approach based on Ukraine’s evolving needs. Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide emphasized the importance of this support for both Norwegian and European security, acknowledging the potential for an extended conflict.

 

 

The new policy permits Norwegian defence industries to directly engage with Ukrainian defence authorities for arms sales. This move is aligned with Norway’s broader commitment to supporting Ukraine, which includes donations from existing stockpiles, acquisitions through international cooperation, and training Ukrainian personnel.

Norwegian Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram highlighted that this policy change aligns with Norway’s defence and security policy interests and the role of the defence industry in the current security landscape.

 

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Applications for export licenses will be processed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ensuring that each case undergoes a rigorous assessment. This measure ensures adherence to Norwegian export control regulations and maintains a strict and responsible framework for arms sales.

 

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