Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson today expressed deep concern over the forthcoming referendum in Crimea on Sunday, 16 March, where inhabitants will be asked to vote on Crimea's accession to the Russian Federation.
“The forthcoming referendum Crimea is taking place under Russian occupation. It is not in accordance with international law and is only bound to increase tensions in the region. It goes without saying that the outcome of such a referendum cannot be validated”, said Minister Sveinsson, adding: "The Russian Federation must take responsible actions; withdraw its military forces and collaborate with the international community and the Government of Ukraine.
The Government of Iceland furthermore supports the statement made by the European Union and the G-7 states: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States. The statement calls on the Russian Federation to cease support for the forthcoming referendum as it contravenes international agreements and does not uphold basic standards for democratic elections.