Norway has adopted EU’s updated sanctions against Russia

Relations are freezing: Anniken Huitfeldt says Russia acts brutally. (Thomas Nilsen/The International Barents Observer)

Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt says the sanctions are “a necessary response to Russia’s brutal and unprovoked attack on Ukraine.”

The European Council’s seventh package with restrictive measures on Russia was adopted on July 25. Now, Oslo joins and the set of incorporated sanctions became part of Norwegian law on Friday, August 26.

“Once again we are acting in concert with the EU to impose sanctions on Russia to maintain pressure on the Russian Government and listed members of the Russian elite,” Foreign Minister Huitfeldt said in a statement.

“These sanctions are a necessary response to Russia’s brutal and unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” the minister added.

As the war now has lasted for six months, the wide-ranging packages of sanctions are aimed at reducing Russia’s ability to finance its illegal war crimes in the neighboring nation.

Norway is one of many European and North American countries supplying Ukraine with weapons and equipment to withstand Russian attacks. This includes 22 M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers, air defense systems and 4,000 M72 anti-armor weapons.

Most business, trade activity halted 

Since February 24, most bilateral cooperation between Norway and Russia is ended. There are no longer regional political contacts across the border in the north. Most business and trade are halted. The wide range of Norwegian-Russian projects, from nuclear waste cleanup to balalaika concerts, now belong to a past history of better days.

The seventh round of sanctions includes an import ban on Russian gold and jewelry and lists a further 10 entities and 54 individuals. For example is Sberbank among the financial institutions that now see their European assets blocked.

KIMEK shipyard in Kirkenes is frequently serving Russian fishing boats. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

Norway has followed all EU sanctions with exception of larger fishing vessels sailing under Russian flag that still can call on ports in Norway.

Ukraine has called on Norway to remove those exceptions, but Oslo argues it is important for maintaining the bilateral regulations of marine resources in the Barents Sea.

The two countries have for decades managed to preserve sustainable stocks of fish, especially cod.

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Finland: Hundreds of foreign soldiers join military exercise in Arctic Finland, The Independent Barents Observer

NorwayDefence minister says Norway must get stronger in the North, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Assertive Moscow outlines push into central Arctic Ocean, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: U.S. to name ambassador-at-large for Arctic region, Eye on the Arctic

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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