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Ukraine and Norway sign security guarantees agreement

Ukraine and Norway sign security guarantees agreement Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: Getty Images)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre have signed an agreement on security cooperation and long-term support, according to the President's Office.

This year, Norway will provide Ukraine with around €1.2 billion in military assistance. Overall, Norway has allocated nearly €6.4 billion for the long-term support program for Ukraine from 2023 to 2027. Norwegian support for Ukraine will continue for the duration of the agreement.

Additionally, Norway will help Ukraine develop its capabilities in modern combat aircraft and has already expressed a clear willingness to transfer F-16 fighters.

Moreover, Oslo will make a significant contribution to the development of maritime capabilities in the Black and Azov Seas, continue to provide NASAMS systems and equipment, and train specialists.

As part of their collaboration, Ukraine and Norway will focus on strengthening defense-industrial cooperation, particularly in areas such as technology transfer, joint research and development, and defense equipment production.

According to the document, Norway will also support the peace formula, sanctions, compensation for damages, holding the aggressor accountable, assistance in economic recovery, humanitarian demining, protection of critical infrastructure, and combating Russian propaganda. Norwegian hospitals will continue to provide aid to Ukrainians.

Furthermore, Norway will work on Ukraine's future NATO membership.

Security guarantees

Ukraine has signed security guarantee agreements with 15 countries. While all agreements have a 10-year term, they differ in the content of the commitments each country undertakes. These commitments are based on each country's individual economic, defense, and other capabilities.

Zelenskyy mentioned that during his visit to Sweden, he would sign security guarantees with three countries.