Iceland’s Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and President have expressed their support for Ukraine and called on Russia to de-escalate its military advance into the country. Minister for Foreign Affairs Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir met with the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) yesterday, who issued a statement on the matter. The Icelandic government considers Russia’s actions to be a breach of international law, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir stated in an interview with RÚV.
“The Icelandic government’s stance is completely clear. We consider this to be a breach of international law,” the Prime Minister stated. “This concerns the border of an independent state and not only have the Russians recognised the independence of these two regions but moreover sent troops over the border which is, of course, a very serious situation.” Katrín added that she hoped the current situation would not lead to conflict, and that “all diplomatic paths would be pursued as far as possible.”
The Prime Minister tweeted along similar lines yesterday, writing that “Escalation and armed conflict is not the solution to current challenges. The door for diplomacy must remain open.” Iceland’s President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson retweeted Katrín’s statement, adding: “A clear stance by the government of Iceland. Respect for international law is paramount, recourse to violence unacceptable.”
Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs met with the Partner Nations of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) yesterday, who issued a statement calling out Russia for breaking international law and reiterating their support for Ukraine and its sovereignty. “We call on Russia to deescalate and encourage them to engage in transparent dialogue, including through the OSCE and the NATO-Russia Council, in order to reduce tensions,” the statement reads, in part.