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Hreinn Pálsson, interim counsel on the affairs of Iceland in Russia
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Hreinn Pálsson on Russia’s and Iceland’s productive cooperation on Arctic issues

Russia and Iceland are cooperating on Arctic issues, said Hreinn Pálsson, interim counsel on the affairs of Iceland in Russia, on the sidelines of an international conference on the safety and sustainability of the Arctic, that took place in Arkhangelsk during the fifth international meeting of the Arctic Council member state representatives.

"There is extensive scientific cooperation and we are looking forward to new projects," Pálsson said.

The counsel noted that Icelandic universities of Reykjavik and Akureyri have a number of student exchange programs with Russian universities, specifically the Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University. The exchange programs focus on socio-economic projects and environmental protection.

Additionally, Pálsson announced that in October, Iceland plans to host the Arctic Circle conference initiated by the president of Iceland. The counsel expressed hope that Russia would be represented by an extensive delegation.