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Activists block Russian tanker in Norway, say shipment ‘funds war’

Greenpeace activists in Norway stopped a Russian tanker from unloading its cargo near Oslo on Monday, saying the cargo was helping fund Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “war”.

The Hong Kong-registered Ust Luga, leased by Russian oil company Novatek, is carrying 95,000 tonnes of fuel to Esso’s terminal in southeastern Norway, Greenpeace said in a statement.

The tanker came from its namesake Russian town near St. Petersburg, according to the Marine Traffic website.

Greenpeace activists in a small boat chained themselves to the ship, while others in kayaks unfurled banners reading “oil fuel war”, the group said.

Some activists were arrested by the police before they could take part in the action.

“I am shocked that Norway is operating as a free port for Russian oil, that we are now funding Putin’s war,” Frode Pleym, director of Greenpeace Norway, said in the statement.

According to a spokeswoman for Esso Norway, the shipment in question was not affected by Western sanctions against Russia imposed for its invasion of Ukraine.

“The contracts were concluded before Russia invaded Ukraine,” Anne Fougner told the Dagbladet newspaper.

“Esso Norway has no other contracts for products from Russia,” she added.

Although it is not a member of the European Union, Norway has matched nearly every EU sanction imposed on Moscow since March 18.

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