Trudeau, Nordic leaders say Russian revolt an ‘internal’ affair, express concern

Prime Minister of Finland Petteri Orpo, left to right, Prime Minister of the Aland Islands Veronica Thornroos, Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister of Greenland Mute Bourup Egede, Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands Aksel Vilhelmson Johannesen, Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Store and Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen take part in family photo during the Nordic Prime Ministers’ Meeting in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland on Monday, June 26, 2023. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

VESTMANNAEYJAR, ICELAND – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the leaders of Nordic countries today in expressing concern over the potential effects of this weekend’s short-lived uprising in Russia.

In a joint news conference following their meeting in Iceland, Trudeau said the leaders had “serious conversations” about the “internal challenges” Russia has faced in recent days.

But they maintained that the revolt is Russia’s internal affair, while reaffirming their support for Ukraine.

A brief armed revolt in Russia by mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin has loomed large over the two-day gathering in Iceland, pushing security to the top of the agenda.

The meeting is also taking place ahead of the annual NATO leaders’ summit scheduled for mid-July in Lithuania.

Trudeau says Canada continues to support Sweden’s bid to join the NATO military alliance, which was also on the agenda in Iceland.

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Norway: Expelled ‘diplomats’ left Norway via Kirkenes and Istanbul, The Independent Barents Observer

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Sweden: Sweden keeping a close eye on what’s happening in Russia, Radio Sweden

United States: U.S. nominates Alaskan as first Arctic ambassador, Eye on the Arctic

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