Russian president Vladimir Putin expressed during an Arctic Council meeting in northern Russia with Iceland’s president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, strong interest in visiting Iceland next year.
Putin also expressed interest in increased trade between the two countries.
This is not the first time that a possible visit by Putin to Iceland has been discussed. In 2006, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told the then Icelandic Foreign Minister Valgerður Sverrisdóttir that Putin would likely visit Iceland in 2007 but the visit never came about, ruv.is report.
Ólafur Ragnar will open a retrospective of the work of Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval (1885-1972), one of Iceland’s leading artists of the 20th century, at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg tomorrow.
The Arctic Energy Summit will take place in Akureyri, North Iceland, October 8-10 and the Arctic Circle will meet in Reykjavík October 12-14.