Despite the sanctions against Russia, in relations with Moscow, there are opportunities for cooperation, said Iceland’s President Gooduni Johannesson in an interview with RIA Novosti.
“Yes, you mentioned the sanctions. And the sanctions that hindered trade, there is. But in other aspects, our relationship flourishes, ”said Johannesson on the margins of the International Arctic Forum.
According to him, Iceland has the knowledge, there is an expert assessment when it comes to the oceans, fisheries, and the utilization of ocean resources.
“So the Government of Iceland is pleased to note our possible contribution to what may be related to fisheries research, our knowledge and experience in the field of fisheries control,” said the leader of Iceland.
In his opinion, Iceland sees many positive aspects in relations with Russia.
“Only in St. Petersburg we have a company like Nautik Rus, in which designers from Iceland work with the Russians to manufacture equipment in the fishing vessel sector. Therefore, I think we need to take things as they are: yes, there are sanctions, but there are also opportunities for cooperation in other areas, ”he stressed.
In addition, Goodney Johannesson stated that he intends to return to the study of the Russian language in the future.
Recall, on Tuesday, the Icelandic leader spoke at the International Arctic Forum. Part of the speech he delivered in Russian.
“I studied modern history in the late 1980s. And I was fascinated by the history of Russia and the Soviet Union of the 20th century. I felt that I should master the language and began to study it, ”Johannesson said in the fields of the forum.
However, according to the Icelandic leader, he had to study Russian for only a year, then he returned to Iceland.
“But I made very good Russian friends, they are athletes. And we communicated with them in Russian. That’s how I saved my limited knowledge, ”Johannesson shared.
“But it’s on my agenda to do Russian again when I have time in the future. Because I love the language, I love the culture, I love the rich history. One day I will return to learning Russian, ”he said.
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