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Press release on First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titovís consultations with Permanent Secretary of State of the Foreign Ministry of Iceland Sturla Sigurjonsson

On October 16, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov held consultations with Permanent Secretary of State of the Foreign Ministry of Iceland Sturla Sigurjonsson.

The officials discussed the general state of Russian-Icelandic relations, which have declined in a number of areas because Iceland joined the EUís anti-Russian restrictions. At the same time, they expressed mutual interest in enhancing business cooperation in restrictions-free areas, using untapped opportunities in trade, the economy and investment, and maintaining the dynamics of bilateral cultural, humanitarian, educational and sports ties.

The officials emphasised the importance of deepening productive cooperation in the Arctic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, the Council of the Baltic Sea States and in the Northern Dimension context.

They exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine, the implementation of the agreements on the Iranian nuclear programme and urgent security issues on the Korean Peninsula.