The war in Ukraine is causing an extreme migration crisis, and it breaches both international and human rights law. However, some states are experiencing  unexpected advantages because of this war.  The Russian invasion of sovereign Ukraine has led to many states imposing sanctions on Russia, most notably in energy production. Such sanctions have led some states to stop relying on Russia for oil and gas, a key export from the offending state. While most European countries are scrambling to handle the repercussions, Norway reports an unexpected lift in their energy sector.

The ongoing sanctions mean that oil prices have been rising worldwide and could cause Norway to earn approximately 170 Billion dollars this year. Norway, understandably, does not want to be seen as taking advantage of the ongoing crisis and is struggling to avoid the image of war profiteering. As a result, Prime Minister Gahr has stated that he wants to back up other European countries to reduce reliance on Russian resources. The Green Party of Norway has expressed that this extra revenue should be used to rebuild Ukraine. A spokesperson said,

“The extra oil revenue from the war should go to Ukraine, not us”.

While Norway is not part of the problem, the state has the opportunity to be part of the solution. The government is concerned about its image in the face of the tragedy in Ukraine, and the country is facing different opinions on the best course of action. Norway’s budget is being written, and, at this stage, the country needs to provide a unified front. They also wish to conduct an organized response in supporting Europe, regardless of the assistance they choose to deliver.  

Danna Houssian

Danna graduated with an M.A from Simon Fraser University and a B.A from the University of Victoria. She is highly interested in international relations and defense.

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