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US Marines land two MV-22B Ospreys on HMS Prince of Wales during Exercise Cold Response 2022 in the Norwegian Sea (Picture: APFootage/ Alamy Stock Photo).
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UK and Norway sign agreement to boost security in Europe and beyond

Norway’s prime minister Jonas Gahr Store told broadcasters this was a "historic" time for his region.

Image ID 2J245NK US Marines land two MV-22B Ospreys on HMS Prince of Wales during Ex Cold Response 2022, Norwegian Sea 26032022 CREDIT APFootage/Alamy Stock Photo
US Marines land two MV-22B Ospreys on HMS Prince of Wales during Exercise Cold Response 2022 in the Norwegian Sea (Picture: APFootage/ Alamy Stock Photo).

A new joint declaration between the UK and Norway has been signed, stating the countries will work together to boost "security, sustainability and prosperity" in Europe and beyond.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Norwegian counterpart Mr Jonas Gahr Store made the move following a meeting in London, where they were said to have "underscored their full support" for any choice by Nordic partners to enhance their security.

This comes after Finland's leaders announced that they backed the country joining NATO.

Finland has previously opted to stay neutral and keep out of NATO for fear of antagonising Russia, with which it shares an 830-mile land border.

Sweden who along with Finland signed historic security assurance declarations with the UK this week, are also expected to decide on joining NATO in the coming days.

Earlier, Norway's prime minister Jonas Gahr Store told broadcasters this was a "historic" time for his region.

According to No 10, Mr Store observed that the new declaration will mean Norway co-operates "more extensively with the UK than any other country in the world".

At their meeting, the leaders were said to have discussed the security situation in northern Europe and stressed that Russian president Vladimir Putin's "barbaric" invasion of Ukraine and "hostility" towards neighbouring states was "totally unjustified".

Downing Street said the leaders agreed on the need for NATO allies to back Ukraine politically, taking a "unified approach" that "avoids giving Putin licence to further twist the knife in the wound".

The pair also spoke about the "pressing need" to boost the supply of sustainable energy, No 10 said, with Mr Johnson remarking that "the sky was the limit" when it came to collaboration between the two countries on the issue.

The new joint declaration on the UK-Norway relationship focuses on seven key areas: security and defence; global challenges; energy, economic and investment cooperation; climate change and environmental issues; research and innovation; culture and education; and strategic dialogue and institutional exchanges.