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Ukraine's Zelenskiy thanks Norway for $7 bln in aid over five years

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Thursday, 16 February, 2023, 19:24
Ukraine's Zelenskiy thanks Norway for $7 bln in aid over five years

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy thanked Norwegian lawmakers on Thursday for approving a bilateral aid package of some $7 billion over five years, saying Russia would never overcome the unity of Ukraine and its allies.

Norway, a major petroleum exporter, has seen its government income swell to record levels following Russia's invasion of Ukraine as the price of gas sold to Europe soared last year.

The package, announced on Feb. 6, is the largest aid programme Norway has ever supplied to a single nation, and is part of an unprecedented flow of Western military aid to Ukraine meant to help it fight off Russia's invasion.

Speaking via video link from Kyiv, Zelenskiy said Norway's decision set a precedent for "sustainable support", calling it a "historic contribution".

"It makes both our countries stronger. Russia will not overcome our unity, the unity of all those that cherish freedom."