Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address Iceland’s Parliament and the Icelandic nation virtually at 2:00 PM this afternoon. It is the first time a foreign head of state makes a speech in Alþingi, according to a notice from the Office of Parliament. The address will be broadcast into Alþingi in a special ceremony involving the Prime Minister and President of Iceland.
Speaker of Parliament Birgir Ármannsson will preside over the event and will be its first speaker. After Birgir, President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson will say a few words on behalf of the Icelandic nation. Zelenskyy will then speak after Guðni, followed by Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
Icelandic authorities have condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and expressed support for the Ukrainian nation and government in the ongoing conflict. Iceland has participated in international economic sanctions against Russia and received nearly 1,000 refugees from Ukraine. An Icelandic airline has participated in transporting equipment, including military equipment, to Ukraine.
The address will be streamed live at althingi.is as well as by Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV.