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President of Russia Keen on Visiting Iceland

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson met with President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev at Medvedev’s summer residence on the outskirts of Moscow yesterday.

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President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana welcome Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Courtesy of the Icelandic Presidential Office.

At the meeting, which was held in relation to an international conference on Arctic regions, Medvedev expressed a keen interest in visiting Iceland, as stated on the website of the Icelandic Presidential Office.

Medvedev said he would like to learn more about the harnessing of clean energy in Iceland and also mentioned how important the Gorbachev-Reagan summit in Reykjavík in 1986 had been for creating a new world view.

The presidents discussed increased cooperation between Iceland and Russia, especially regarding the growing importance of Arctic regions in coming years and decades. Both countries are founding members of the Arctic Council.

The presidents agreed the Arctic Council must be strengthened as it is likely a new sailing route will open up along Russia’s northern coastline with continued global warming and ice melt, connecting Asia with Europe and North America in a new way. Iceland would have a key location in the new sailing route.

Medvedev encouraged the participation of Icelandic companies and experts in the harnessing of geothermal energy in Kamchatka and other Russian regions.

The Russian government is currently developing the economy in Kamchatka and believes a geothermal power plant could play a key role in that regard.

After the meeting President Medvedev and his wife Svetlana invited Grímsson and his wife Dorrit Moussaieff to afternoon tea.

Today Grímsson will speak at the final day of the conference, which is entitled “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue”.

Among topics are climate change in the Arctic regions, the harnessing of natural resources, sustainable development and new ways to increase cooperation between regional governments and countries in the Arctic regions.

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