Iceland-U.S. Defense Agreement ‘Model for Eastern Europe’


Iceland-U.S. Defense Agreement ‘Model for Eastern Europe’


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Victoria Nuland, United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, has said that the U.S. defense agreement with Iceland is pioneering and should be used as a model, particularly for U.S. agreements in Eastern Europe.

“Our defense agreement from 1951 remains unchanged. What has changed is how we cooperate on defense issues. Iceland operates the [former US Naval Air base] Keflavík airport but actively cooperates with the United States; military exercises on land, water and in the air, both bilaterally and in cooperation with other NATO countries,” she said in an interview with

Nuland added that the agreement provided a model for defense cooperation in the 21st century and that she hoped for similar arrangements between the U.S. and other countries, such as those in Eastern Europe.

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