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Norway to join EU sanctions on Russia — ministry

September 23, 2014, 19:07 UTC+3 OSLO
The decision has been approved by the government and will come into effect soon
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OSLO, September 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Norway plans to join the European Union's package of sanctions against Russia adopted on September 12, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The decision has been approved by the government and will come into effect soon, the ministry said adding that the cabinet members are holding consultations on the issue with the country's parliament.

Norway, though not a EU member, will join all sanctions that the European Union has imposed on Russia over the situation in eastern Ukraine.

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The USA, EU, Canada and Australia have introduced sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. Infographics by ITAR-TASS
EU's sanctions against Russia

The European Union imposed nine packages of sanctions on Russia since March.

The last set of sanctions targeting three largest Russian state-owned companies, Gazpromneft, Transneft and Rosneft, as well as Uralvagonzavod and Oboronprom defence firms and the United Shipbuilding Corporation, came into force on September 12.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that the EU may revise the sanctions depending on the situation in Ukraine.

On September 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a plan to settle the crisis in Ukraine. Two days later the Contact Group for Ukraine met in Minsk and reached a ceasefire agreement based on Putin's peace plan plan.

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