The Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with the Russian ambassador yesterday to condemn Russia’s attempt to annex four Ukrainian provinces, RÚV reports. The Icelandic government will not recognise the absorption of the provinces by Russia.
Last Friday, Vladimir Putin declared the absorption of four Ukrainian regions – Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – after results from referendums “showed” that more than 95% of voters wanted to join Russia. “An absurd level of support,” a journalist from the Washington Post writes. Many western countries have condemned the referenda as fake and have refused to recognize Russia’s claim to the provinces.
The Icelandic government has echoed this position, according to a Tweet from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday; Martin Eyjólfsson, Permanent Secretary of State, met with Russian ambassador Mikhail Noskov to express Iceland’s strong disapproval of Russia’s annexation. Minister of Foreign Affairs Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir was not present.