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Iceland increases its presence in Ukraine

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The Ministries for Foreign Affairs for Iceland and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding that will grant diplomats and other representatives of Iceland access to office facilities at the Embassy of Lithuania in Kyiv. Iceland plans to increase its presence in a show of solidarity with Ukraine during Russia's illegitimate aggression against Ukraine. 

„Lithuania is one of Iceland's closest friends on the international stage. We are honored to have been offered this co-operation. It will be very valuable to us as Lithuania has a strong and established presence in Kyiv. We expect that our relations with Ukraine will continue to strengthen in the foreseeable future, and as we currently do not have plans to open an embassy in Kyiv this collaboration is an excellent starting point. The generous offer by our Lithuanian allies will help us in our ambition to be a good and reliable friend to Ukraine and will give us access not only to facilities but to people who have knowledge and know-how that they are willing to share," says Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland. 

“In recent years we saw a real spur in Nordic-Baltic cooperation on political and also very practical levels. Together with Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and other Nordic colleagues we were in Kyiv, together we call for maximised transatlantic efforts to accelerate Ukraine's victory. As of now, “shoulder to shoulder” is not only a metaphor but yet another proof of cooperation between Iceland and Lithuania,” – says Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

Ambassador Hannes Heimisson presented his credentials to President Volodymyr Zelensky in June. Ambassador Heimisson is based in Warsaw, where he serves as Ambassador of Iceland to Poland. 


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