Blinken set to meet Lavrov at Reykjavik Arctic Council ministerial, Eriksen Søreide yet to confirm attendance
It was during an online speech about climate changes on Tuesday US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, confirmed his participation at the upcoming Arctic Council ministerial in Reykjavik on May 19-20.
“I will represent the United States at the next ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council, where I will reaffirm America’s commitment to meet our climate goals and encourage other Arctic nations to do the same.”
Blinken said it all is aimed to build strength before the world is coming together for the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.
In the video below, you can see Blinken talk about the Arctic Council at about 0:55.
Last week, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, confirmed to the Icelandic Foreign Ministry that he intends to participate in person at the Miniserial next month, newspaper Morgunblaðið reported.
Asked by the Barents Observer about Norwegian participation, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde said “no final decision is made”.
Lunde, however, underlined that the main priority for Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide is to participate in person.
The Icelandic chairmanship of the Arctic Council will facilitate attending the ministerial through teleconferencing equipment for those not flying to the country for pandemic reasons.