In a move echoing several European nations, Norway has announced its decision to prohibit the entry of vehicles with Russian license plates. The country's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anniken Huitfeldt, revealed that this ban on Russian-registered passenger cars will come into effect from October 3. The measure is part of Norway's solidarity with Ukraine and is aimed at cutting off a revenue stream used by Russia to fund its invasion of Ukraine.
"Norway stands together with allies and like-minded people in the reactions to the brutal war of aggression that Russia is waging against Ukraine. It is important that the sanctions are effective so that we prevent as much as possible income that the Russian state needs to finance the war," emphasized Minister Huitfeldt.
This move aligns with the European Commission's directives, similar to the stance adopted by other neighbouring countries. Notably, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland have already enforced bans on passenger vehicles bearing Russian license plates. Finland, in particular, was among the first to implement this restriction, with exemptions in place for specific cases.
While the ban on Russian-registered cars will be enforced, certain exceptions will apply, as outlined by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vehicles owned by Norwegian citizens, as well as those belonging to EEA citizens with permanent residence in Russia or their family members, will be exempt. Additionally, humanitarian and diplomatic vehicles will not be subject to the ban.
"The specification is aimed at the means of transport being used, and not the persons using the means of transport. Even if a vehicle is covered by one of the exceptions, this does not mean that the people in the car are automatically allowed to enter Norway," clarified the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Russia has voiced its discontent over these bans, accusing the involved countries of discrimination against its citizens. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia alleged that the EU intends to establish a new "iron curtain," seeking to minimize contact between people.
As this measure takes effect in Norway, it joins its European counterparts in exerting economic pressure on Russia and sending a strong message of support to Ukraine. The collective effort aims to curtail the financial resources that sustain Russia's military actions in Ukraine. The situation continues to evolve, and further updates on this development are anticipated.
By fLEXI tEAM