Norway bans entry of Russia-registered passenger cars from Oct. 3

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway joined Finland, the Baltic states and Poland in banning entry of Russian-registered passenger cars from Oct. 3, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

The move is a part of Western measures aimed at stripping Russia of income to finance its invasion of Ukraine.

“It is important that the sanctions are effective so that we prevent as much as possible income that the Russian state needs to finance the war,” Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said in a statement.

Vehicles owned by Norwegian citizens or EEA citizens with permanent residence in Russia or their family members will be exempted from the ban, which applies to vehicles with nine of fewer seats, Norwegian foreign ministry added.

Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have previously introduced similar bans following a directive by the European Commission.

(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis; Editing by Alison Williams)