Conflicts & War

Zelenskyy presses Norway for more weapons, economic sanctions

Copenhague, Mar 30 (EFE).- Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy Wednesday urged Norway to deliver more weapons to Ukraine and impose harsher economic sanctions on Russia to end the war.

“The future of Europe is being decided now, on Ukrainian soil,” Zelenskyy told the Norwegian parliament in a live video appearance.

“Your weapons can help us to help you in the fight for our and your freedom,” he said.

The president added that the only way for Russia to accept peace was through tougher economic sanctions.

He called for European companies to stop sustaining the Russian “war machine” and urged European ports to block access to Russian ships.

Zelenskyy said another way to end the conflict was to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and oil and called for Norway, the second-biggest supplier of gas to Europe behind Russia, to step up delivery.

“You can make a decisive contribution to the energy security in Europe by providing the necessary resources, both for the countries of the European Union and for Ukraine,” he said.

Norway currently provides 20-25% of Europe’s gas.

In wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Norwegian authorities have made adjustments to ensure there would be no drop in production as well as increased exports slightly.

However, authorities have warned they have reached their capacity limit.

Just before Zelenskyy’s address, Norway announced it would donate an additional 2,000 rocket launchers to Ukraine, the second military aid package since the beginning of the Russian invasion over one month ago. EFE


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