Norway has donated further defence weapons to Ukraine, entailing almost 100 Mistral air defence missiles from military stocks, the Defence Ministry says.
The air defence system was effective and needed by Ukraine’s navy, Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram explained. It was a system that the Norwegian armed forces wanted to replace, which meant that the delivery of weapons to Ukraine would not have a major impact on its own operational capabilities, his ministry wrote. The weapons have already been taken out of the country.
In the past few weeks, the Scandinavian country had already decided to send Ukraine 4,000 anti-tank missiles and protective equipment, among other things.
Former foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of the opposition Conservative Party, told Norwegian Radio that the government had her party’s support if it also wanted to deliver heavier defensive weapons to Ukraine as it fights off Russia’s attack.