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Liberal Party (V) leader Guri Melby believes Norway must be more strict with Russia and criticizes the government for exceptions to port bans.

In early May, a docking ban on Russia came into effect. This means that as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian vessels are not allowed to moor in Norwegian ports.

However, unlike the EU, Norway has chosen to specify that all fishing vessels are exempt from the ban. This means they can deliver fish and perform crew changes.

Ukrainian ambassador Vyacheslav Jastiuk told NTB that this exception is a loophole that could help fund Russian war machinery.

Melby agrees.

“Sanctions should cost us a little too. Otherwise, we won’t get the effect we want. The government will weaken the sanctions to prevent financial losses from becoming too great for us. The fact that it does only contributes further to Putin’s funding of the war machine. Norway should not support it, “Melby said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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