Norway is taking a radical step and intends to, among others: following in Poland’s footsteps. Cars with Russian registration will have problems crossing the local border. This is one of the next sanctions intended to make life difficult for tourists from the aggressor’s territory.
The situation related to the war in Ukraine has been causing concern in most countries of the world for over a year. Despite severe sanctions imposed on Russia, the local authorities still do not let up on the attacks. For this reason, many European countries are starting to close their borders to specific tourists. Recently, Poland did it, and earlier, other Western countries did it. Now Norway is also planning to do so.
Norway closes its borders to Russians. Such cars will not be allowed
Norway has decided to introduce new strict rules and wants to stop allowing cars with Russian registrations. Although this ban does not mean that no Russians will get there, it will make life very difficult for many people of this nationality. The sanctions are intended to motivate Putin’s authorities to change the political situation and end the conflict in the East.
Eivind Vad Petersson, Norwegian Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said about the idea of introducing a ban. “We are currently considering how to do this and will soon present specific measures,” he said in an interview with local media. The ban is intended to apply not only to the entry of cars with Russian registration, but also to the use of those already present in the country.
Norway wondered the longest
Norway is not a member of the European Union, but it is part of the European Economic Area and supports EU sanctions against Russia. Unfortunately, she waited quite a long time to follow her neighbors. Although another sanction imposed on the Russians seems justified, the Norwegian authorities still refrained from doing so, including by: Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which regularly introduced their bans from September 13.
In such situations, solidarity and showing Russia that Western countries are consistent or consistent in their actions are important. This can give a sense of strength and determination in the fight for peace in Ukraine. The current bans are based on recommendations from the European Commission, which decided that the entry into the EU of cars registered in Russia is considered illegal import, regardless of whether the vehicle is used for private or commercial purposes.