The Russian trade embargo on importing food from European countries has complicated Iceland’s preparations for the World Cup.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, told journalists that “the World Cup what is important...not the arrival of delegates or official representatives, the important thing is the team matches.”
The Icelandic government has postponed all bilateral meetings with Russian officials and will not send any Icelandic officials to the World Cup in Russia this June.
President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election victory this weekend.
The Icelandic government is considering boycotting the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to show support for the UK, RÚV reports.
Iceland is already showing signs of excitement for the nation‘s first ever World Cup participation next year in Russia. FIFA has begun selling tickets and Icelanders have already applied for a number of tickets.
Klara Bjartmarz, CEO of the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ), says preparations are well underway for Iceland’s participation in the FIFA World Cup.
Long-range Russian bombers flew directly below an Icelandic passenger jet en route from Keflavík to Stockholm on Thursday.
Icelandic Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is determined not to withdraw his support for Western sanctions against Russia, despite losses suffered by the fishing industry after Russia imposed an import ban on food from Iceland in August.
There appears to be disagreement within the Icelandic government regarding the support of Western sanctions against Russia.
The Russian military has twice flown near to Iceland so far this year, with four planes. Last year they approached Iceland once, with two planes. According to foreign ministry figures, Russian interest in flying provocatively close to Iceland has decreased in recent years.
Fishermen and fisheries workers look set to lose between ISK 990 million and ISK 2.5 billion per year (EUR 6.9-17.3 million/USD 7.8-19.7 million) as a result of the trade sanctions levied against Iceland by Russia. Ten communities will be particularly badly hit by the trade ban, according to the...
Russians could possibly take advantage of the lack of unity among Icelandic politicians regarding support of Western sanctions.
Icelandic politicians in the ruling coalition parties have varying views on the country’s continued support for European sanctions against Russia, and the split is not along party lines.
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, has asked the Institute of Regional Development to assess the impact of Russia’s decision to impose an import ban on Icelandic food.
Iceland’s foreign minister has hit back at fishing magnates angry that the government has not declared neutrality over Western sanctions against Russia, which has led to food import sanctions being imposed by Russia against Iceland.
An increased military threat from Russia necessitates Iceland’s support of western sanctions, says former Icelandic ambassador.
Rumors of an impending ban on imports of Icelandic food to Russia have sparked a debate on the choice between morality and commercial interests.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin, says that trade sanctions against Iceland are a possibility in light of the Icelandic government’s continued support for Western sanctions against Russia following its support for the uprising in eastern Ukraine.