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Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs in Moscow

Geir H. Haarde, Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, will meet with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow today.

Ambassador Albert Jónsson, who has led the US – Iceland defense discussions on behalf of the Icelandic delegation, is accompanying Haarde in Moscow, signaling the US’s removal of its forces from Iceland will be among the topics discussed, reported the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV.

The Foreign Ministers will also discuss international issues, European defense issues, the fight against terrorism, and the nations’ relations with the EU. There is mutual interest to increase the cooperation between the countries in the commercial arena. Trade between Iceland and Russia now amounts to ISK 4 billion annually, and the Russian government believes the current level of trade reflects the opportunities that the two nations have to cooperate, for example, on energy issues, fisheries, transportation and entrepreneurship, reported Fréttabladid.

The Russians have shown a special interest in Icelandic fisheries, geothermal utilization and use of hydrogen.

The meeting is also said to be an important step in the preparation for the meeting of Prime Ministers of the Baltic States to be held in Reykjavík on June 7th – 8th.

Haarde will be in Moscow until Saturday.

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