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Norway announces additional NASAMS air defence systems for Ukraine

13 December, 2023 Wednesday
19:15

Norway will donate additional NASAMS air defence systems worth NOK 335 million (about $24.4 million) to Ukraine

This is shared in a statement on the government's website.

"Some will be donated from Norway's own storage in order to ensure fast delivery to Ukraine, while additional systems will be ordered from the industry for later delivery. Ukraine has significant needs for support, and it is crucial for everyone's safety that Russia does not succeed in its warfare," the statement said.

It is noted that the systems will be shipped in the near future to defend the sky against Russian attacks this winter. The number of systems is not specified.

What other support Norway provides

At a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who arrived in Oslo on the morning of December 13, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced additional financial support for Ukraine in the amount of $800 million.

"Today Norway announces a clear additional support for Ukraine. I want to share this information with you. The Ukrainian government has to pay nurses, doctors, teachers and other workers," media quoted Støre as saying.

"We are increasing our financial and humanitarian support by about $800 million for this year. We would also like to announce that we will support the Ukrainian people in 2024 from the very first months," the Norwegian Prime Minister added.

For his part, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted on Telegram that he had discussed with the Norwegian Prime Minister support for the Armed Forces, "continuing our work to protect free navigation in the context of Russia's attempt to block the Black Sea and our ports, and protecting our cities from terror."

What is known about the second Ukraine-North Europe Summit

As part of his participation in the second Ukraine-Northern Europe Summit in Oslo, Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with the President of Finland, the Prime Ministers of Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.

Zelenskyy thanked Finland for accepting refugees and talked about the Peace Formula and how to achieve a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

During his talks with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Zelenskyy focused on the upcoming European Council summit and the importance of taking historic steps for Ukraine and Europe as a whole.

Zelenskyy thanked Denmark for preparing another aid package worth more than €1 billion.

The President of Ukraine also noted Denmark's leadership and significant contribution to the creation of an international coalition of fighter jets.

During a meeting with Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the importance of the Icelandic side's work to return home Ukrainian children illegally taken by the Russian occupiers.

The interlocutors touched upon the challenges for Ukrainian education related to the war and the provision of shelters for schools.

The parties also discussed the implementation of the Ukrainian peace formula and Iceland's readiness to join the implementation of the energy security clause.

King Harald V will also receive the President of Ukraine at an audience in the palace.

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