Norway’s state police directorate is working on a means of sending retired weapons to Ukraine, instead of simply destroying them. Police officials have received political clearance for the project, but still need to attend to the logistics and security of a handover.
“We want to donate weapons that have been used by the police but phased out,” announced Police Director Benedicte Bjørnland on Thursday. The project of donating weapons to Ukraine is being coordinated with the Justice Ministry.
Bjørnland stressed that it was too early to comment on the issue further until an actual donation has taken place. Norway is also sending F16 fighter jets, mine clearance equipment and other military equipment in addition to donating natural gas to Ukraine. Norway’s total donations to Ukraine, including both military and civilian support, have been valued at around NOK 86 billion, since the country was invaded by Russia in February of last year.