Greenland suspends fishing agreement with Russia

Greenland has suspended its fishing agreement with Russia for next year, according to the ministry of fisheries.

Greenland suspends fishing agreement with Russia
The coast of Greenland in April 2021. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The ministry of the autonomous Danish territory told news wire AFP that it had informed Russian authorities that “due to the decline of stock for several species, there is no possibility of exchanging quotas for 2023”.

Since 1992 the agreement has mainly allowed Greenland to fish for Russian cod in the Barents Sea, while Russian fishermen have been able to access halibut in Greenlandic waters.

The ministry did not specifically mention the war in Ukraine in relation to the suspension.

But in October Prime Minister Mute Egede said Greenland would “follow EU sanctions against Russia and Russian companies”, according to local media reports.

The EU has imposed a series of crippling sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, with Russian vessels banned from docking in European ports.

In November, Denmark’s autonomous Faroe Islands renewed a fishing quota deal with Russia for one year despite the war.

And Norway — a NATO member — has granted Russian fishing trawlers an exemption to the rules, and agreed catch quotas with Russia in the Barents Sea for next year.

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Danish Crown Prince and Princess to visit India

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will travel to India on an official visit later this month.

Danish Crown Prince and Princess to visit India

The visit will take place from February 26th until March 1st and take in capital city New Delhi along with Chennai and Agra, the Danish royal palace said in a statement.

The Crown Prince couple will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Environment Minister Magnus Heunicke, and Climate and Energy Minister Lars Aagaard in the latter two cities.

Representatives from some 36 Danish businesses will also be present.

The Danish delegation will take part in conferences and visits to businesses alongside Indian government representative and business leaders.

The objective of the visit is will be to promote Danish export opportunities to India and the green partnership between the two countries.

Last week saw the two countries announce a deal that will see Denmark provide technological assistance on a project to cleanse part of India’s holy Ganges river.

Up to 70 percent of India’s energy consumption is from oil or coal, according to the Confederation of Danish Industry. That provides large potential for Danish green energy technology in the Asian country according to the organisation.

India is the world’s sixth-largest economy and third-largest consumer of energy.

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