“We are in close dialogue with allies and Ukraine on how Norway can contribute in the best possible way. We are working as fast as we can to provide Ukraine with the support they need. Norway has contributed significantly throughout 2022 and will continue to support Ukraine in 2023,” says Norwegian Minister of Defence Bjørn Arild Gram.
In addition to the tanks, there will also be a need for logistical-support, spare parts and training of Ukrainian personnel.
“It is important that allies and partners coordinate closely so that the help in sum is as useful as possible for Ukraine,” says Gram.
Norway’s contribution will be decided in close dialogue with the Norwegian Armed Forces.
“We are weighing and considering our own needs and preparedness. At this time it is the right thing to do to take some our own equipment in order to support Ukraine. It is important for Norwegian security that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine does not continue. The situation affects Norwegian and European security too,” says Gram.
Ukraine needs international support, both civilian and military in terms of equipment and the training of forces. The government is now planning a larger contribution that will span several years. Norwegian military support to Ukraine consists of donations from our own stock, contributions to international collaborative efforts, donations of equipment straight from the industry and the training of Ukrainian military personnel.