‘Not in Russia’s curiosity’ to begin struggle with a NATO nation, says Norway’s PM | EUROtoday

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Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre spoke to FRANCE 24 in regards to the struggle in Ukraine forward of the second anniversary this week of Russia’s full-scale invasion. The battle has prompted senior Scandinavian defence officers to warn in regards to the heightened risk of struggle with Russia; whereas Norway is a founding member of NATO, Finland joined the alliance simply final yr whereas Sweden is within the strategy of doing so.

“I don’t think it is in Russia’s interest to engage war with a NATO country,” the Norwegian premier instructed FRANCE 24.

“But being part of NATO, being part of a collective security, we need to strengthen our capacity,” he conceded.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Støre admitted that there was a “stalemate on the battleground” in Ukraine however insisted on the significance of supporting Kyiv. The latest fall of Avdiivka to Russian forces “should be a wake-up call to make the Ukrainians fit and able to defend themselves”, he stated.

Støre added that Norway would agree a bilateral safety deal to assist Ukraine. Kyiv has already signed comparable agreements with France, Germany and the UK.