Coalition member FRP politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde says to Klassemkampen that he believes the West must help Putin to save face. He also notes that he is opposed to the powerful and categorical condemnation of Putin. I
– I will not attack my own government, but it must be possible to see that he is facing a very difficult situation here, says Tybring-Gjedde.
Instead of condemnation, the FRP politician calls for caution against Russia.
– I believe that the West and especially the United States should have thought more before they went out with immediate and fierce condemnation, he said.
Tybring-Gjedde also criticizes both Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Brende for having uttered sharp statements against Norway’s neighboring country, after Russian forces took control of the Crimean peninsula.
– One should condemn countries that violate international law, and we should position ourselves behind the NATO and EU countries. But the point is that the stronger one goes out, the harder it is to find a diplomatic solution. And that is perhaps what the focus should be, says he.
Solberg also hailed the new Ukrainian government that took over after the pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was forced to resign. FrP politician make criticism for this support.
-Russians have violated the law. But I think this needs to be put into a larger perspective. It is not obvious that the new government in Ukraine is more democratic than the previous one. Ukraine is a deeply divided country, and some part of the population like Yanukovych, says Tybring-Gjedde.
Tybring-Gjedde says this is not about being for or against the United States, but mostly to understand that Ukraine’s unique position between East and West.
On the other hand, Foreign policy spokesman in FRP, Kristian Norheim totally disagrees with Tybring-Gjedde:
– FRP and the government condemns Russia’s action and the military parade in Ukraine strongly. There is not any doubt, he said to NRK.