Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said at a news conference in Kyiv alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Norway wanted to express solidarity with Ukraine’s fight for survival.
“I’m here to say that Ukraine’s fight is about more than just Ukraine. This is about some fundamental world principles that we will teach our children. This is about European security, about the fate of your neighbor “He stated.
“We will pledge one billion euros in support of your country and people for the remainder of 2022 and 2023,” he added. “This war is a violation of international law. You have the right to defend yourself, and we have the right to assist you in doing so.”
When asked if Norway was willing to increase gas supplies to Europe, Stoere stated that Norway was already producing gas “at its maximum,” but it would do everything possible to supply gas.
According to Zelensky, pressure on Russia must be maintained in order for the war to end.
He claimed Russia used a Soviet-era Kh-22 missile designed to hit aircraft carriers or other large objects to strike a regular nine-story building, referring to a strike in the early hours of Friday on an apartment block near Odesa that killed at least 16 people, according to Ukrainian officials.
Russia denies intentionally targeting civilians. When asked if Russia had struck the apartment building in Serhiivka, the Kremlin spokesman said: “I would like to remind you of the president’s words that the Russian Armed Forces do not work with civilian targets.”