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Iceland to continue to support Ukraine's defense capability, assist in restoration, including in energy sector – joint declaration

KYIV. March 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir signed a joint declaration during her working visit to Kyiv, the presidential press service has said.

According to the document, the leaders reaffirm their support for the principles of international law, the inviolability of borders, and their demand for Russia immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

The President of Ukraine and the Prime Minister of Iceland remain fully committed to the policy of non-recognition of Russia’s illegal annexation of the territories of Ukraine, and also call for the immediate release of all abducted civilians, including children, and all those who were forcibly transferred to the territory of Russia.

The declaration notes the importance of Ukraine’s consistent efforts of continuing the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian program, Ukraine’s sovereign decision to guide the peace process and convene a global peace summit when conditions permit, and commitment to NATO’s Open Door Policy.

Condemning in the strongest possible terms Russia’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, Zelenskyy and Jakobsdóttir declare that Iceland fully subscribes to the European Union sanctions imposed against Russia in response to military aggression against Ukraine.

In turn, Ukraine highly appreciates all the help from Iceland.

It is noted that Iceland will continue to provide effective political, economic and humanitarian support to Ukraine and its defense capability. Iceland will assist in the recovery and rapid recovery of Ukraine, especially in the energy sector. Iceland will support Ukraine for as long as it takes.

Iceland and Ukraine will continue to work together, and with others within multilateral organizations, to ensure accountability, including through the establishment of special tribunal for the crime of aggression and a register of damages to record and document evidence and claims for damage, loss or injury as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, as a first step in setting up a comprehensive reparation mechanism.