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Norway set to join EU's Russia sanctions

Staff writer ▼ | July 31, 2014
The Norwegian government said it planned to join the programme of economic sanctions the EU is imposing on Russia.
Boerge Brende
East vs West   The plans will be discussed in the Storting
The EU and the US announced further sanctions targeting Russia's energy, banking and defence sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The curbs were chosen to spread their economic impact among the EU’s three main powerhouses, involving the UK’s financial markets, French arms sales and German technology exports.

Norway, which is a member of the European Economic Area but not the EU, said it had opposed Russia’s actions in Ukraine since the crisis began earlier this year.

Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said in a statement that "ever since Russia's illegal annexation of the Crimea in March, the government has been clear that Norway must stand with its allies and partners in the responses to Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine”.

Minister Brende said it was clear that pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine had received advanced weapons and supplies from Russia and that this had served to escalate the conflict, in a charge denied by Moscow.

The plans to join the sanctions will be discussed in Norway's parliament the Storting before they are made final, the minister said.