Ukrainian FM meets with Icelandic Secretary of State in New York
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has met with Permanent Secretary of State at the Icelandic Foreign Ministry Stefan Haukur Johannesson on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York and discussed with him the deepening of bilateral political contacts, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported on Tuesday.
"A major issue was combating Russian aggression and the need to support the regime of European sanctions against Russia, as well as strengthening pressure on the Russian side to ensure human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea. In this connection, the attention of the Icelandic side was drawn to numerous violations by Russia of its respective internationally legal obligations, exemplified by political persecution and the recent sentencing of a Crimean Tatar leader, Ahtem Chiygoz," reads the report.
The sides also discussed interaction within the OSCE, noting the important role of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, which has recently been headed by a representative of Iceland. It was noted that this body could complement the efforts of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine in terms of monitoring the ensuring of human rights and freedoms, and respect for the rule of law.
The sides considered the prospects for the development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, including the use of the mechanisms of the European Free Trade Association. Special attention was paid to the use of Iceland's experience in introducing renewable energy sources and the possibility of implementing joint investment projects in this area.