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Putin Keen to Reinforce Relations with Iceland

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is currently attending a conference on the Arctic sea route and other matters concerning the Arctic regions, at the invitation of Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin. The conference began in Arkhangelsk yesterday.


Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Vladimir Putin. Source: forseti.is.

Grímsson and Putin met in the afternoon after giving speeches at the conference’s opening in the morning; it is attended by a number of political leaders, experts and parties of interest from the Arctic regions, visir.is reports.

At the meeting Putin reiterated his interest in increased cooperation with Iceland in various fields, such as in regards to the new sea route; when it opens up the location of the two countries will have significant importance.

Geothermal energy is another area where Iceland and Russia could cooperate; the Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko, who also attended the meeting, visited Iceland one year ago. Joint research on the sustainability of harnessing marine stocks was also brought up.

Furthermore, it was mentioned that in 2013 Iceland and Russia will celebrate the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

Therefore, Russians are keen on organizing various cultural events; Putin stated he would especially like to present the work of Icelandic painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval to his countrymen.

Click here to read more about Icelandic-Russian relations.


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