Greenland suspends fishing agreement with Russia, Faroe Islands extends
Greenland has suspended its fishing agreement with Russia for next year, Voice of America radio reported on Tuesday, citing Greenland’s fisheries ministry. The radio station also reported that another autonomous territory of Denmark – the Faroe Islands – extended the validity of a similar agreement with Moscow.
Greenland notified the authorities Russiathat “due to the decline in the stocks of some fish species, it is not possible to exchange quotas for 2023”. The agreement, in force since 1992, allows Greenland to catch fish, mainly cod, in the Barents Sea, while Russian fishermen were allowed to catch halibut in Greenland waters.
The Greenland Ministry did not mention war in Ukraine due to the suspension of the contract. However, in October, the Prime Minister of the autonomous government, Mute Egede, stated that Greenland “will comply with EU sanctions against Russia and Russian companies,” recalled the Voice of America.
The Faroe Islands extended the agreement with Russia
The Faroe Islands, on the other hand, extended the validity of the agreement with Russia in November. “It is absolutely right that the Faroe Islands extended the current fishing agreement with Russia, under which we exchange fishing quotas with the Russians,” Faroese Fisheries Minister Arni Skole commented on this decision in an interview with the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten.
“In the Faroe Islands, we completely distance ourselves from all wars, including the war on Ukraine. For us, the deal is about more than just fishing,” he added.
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