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Ukraine and Iceland signed a security agreement: what it provides for and what is special about it

Bjarni Benediktsson and Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the signing of the agreement
Bjarni Benediktsson and Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the signing of the agreement. Source: president.gov.ua

Ukraine has signed the 14th Agreement on Security Cooperation and Long-Term Support. Iceland signed the document with us on Friday, May 31.

The ceremony in Stockholm (Sweden) was held by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister of Iceland Bjarni Benediktsson. This was reported by the OP website.

What does the agreement between Kyiv and Reykjavik provide for?

Iceland has pledged to provide comprehensive and long-term economic, humanitarian, and defense support; to facilitate our country's accession to the EU and NATO.

During 2024-2028, Iceland will annually allocate at least 4 billion Icelandic kronor (about $30 million). Support for Ukraine will continue throughout the term of the agreement.

Iceland is ready to finance, purchase, and supply defense materials and equipment; and cooperate in the development of the Ukrainian defense industry.

The agreement is unique in that Iceland undertakes to continue transporting military supplies and equipment from NATO allies to Ukraine by chartered cargo aircraft. The state will also pay special attention to equipping women soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Certain sections of the agreement support the Ukrainian peace formula, sanctions against Russia, compensation for damages, and bringing the aggressor to justice. The agreement also provides for the strengthening of social and civilian infrastructure, particularly in the areas of education and energy security.

Iceland undertakes to strengthen its diplomatic mission in Kyiv.

Leaders of countries with signed original agreement

In total, our country has signed 14 bilateral security agreements: with the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Latvia, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, and Iceland.

The full text of the agreement between Kyiv and Reykjavik can be found here.

Handshake

As previously reported by OBOZ.UA:

– On May 31, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Stockholm to participate in the Ukraine-Northern Europe summit and a series of bilateral meetings.

– On the same day, Ukraine signed a security agreement with Sweden.

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