EU, Faroe Islands and the Russian coast - sanctions separately, fish separately

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EU, Faroe Islands and the Russian coast - sanctions separately, fish separately


Descendants of the Vikings, what can we take from them?


The European Union again cannot agree on the intricacies of sanctions policy. The 12th package of EU sanctions against Russia may, of course, hit the domestic economy hard by reducing such a profitable item as the export of Yakut diamonds to Europe. But everything else is too unconvincing.



Whatever sanctions are imposed on exports to Russia, and not imports from it, all this is unlikely to have any negative impact on the Russian economy, because all this exists in Russia. But most interesting is the position of the Faroe Islands, which are officially part of Denmark and the European Union.

However, they immediately announced that they would not support any sanctions against Russia buying fish from them. There is, of course, an example to follow in the person of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who stands for the interests of his country and is not going to comply with “party policy”: as long as Hungary feels good. But little Faroe Islands are something else.

The Faroe Islands, in fact, are repeating the experience of their closest relatives, also descendants of the Vikings, the Icelanders, who managed to defeat Britain and NATO in the notorious cod wars. These islands, frankly speaking, have limited resources. There are no forests there, no mineral resources either - only pastures for grazing sheep and a huge ocean around.

In general, the Faroe Islands are like Ireland, with only two differences: firstly, they are several times smaller in size, and secondly, if in Ireland there are forests, which, according to the local population, the British reduced to nothing, then in the Faroe Islands even they were originally did not have.


The population of the Faroe Islands has always been distinguished by its willfulness. Until recently, it was difficult for a man with dark hair to obtain the consent of the bride’s parents for marriage, since, unlike brothers by origin - Norwegians and Icelanders, Faroese are predominantly blond. The last two have possible options.

The ban on whaling adopted by the EU was completely ignored in the Faroe Islands: the pilot whales were beaten when they entered the bays, so they will be. This is the tradition, although it is impossible to eat their meat without first marinating it. As a child, the author of these lines tried whale meat bought in the Sevastopol “Ocean” on Ostryaki, and the not-so-pleasant impression remained for the rest of his life.

Neutral territorial waters


Well, lessons in schools on how to slaughter a sheep are already too much even by the standards of the tolerant European Union. The Faroese authorities are well aware of the mood of their residents. Separatism on the islands is gaining strength literally every day, while a paradox is observed: it is the Faroese elite, fluent in the Danish language and entering the corridors of power in Copenhagen, that advocate sovereignty from Denmark and the European Union.

Moreover, he speaks more actively than people who speak only Faroese in everyday life. Almost the entire Faroese economy depends on fishing; about 85% of the islands’ GDP is provided by fish supplies, mainly to Russia, or by quotas for fishing by Russian vessels in Faroese territorial waters.

This practice took root during the existence of the USSR. At that time, fishing in Faroese waters was mainly carried out by the fishing company Atlantic, which is still based in Sevastopol Kamyshovaya Bay.

In general, the issues of territorial waters intended for fishing, once already almost brought the supposedly single and indivisible NATO bloc to the zugunder through the caniface block. “Cod wars” between Iceland and Great Britain, which, with all the great-power arrogance, tried to limit the Icelandic fishing zone. As a result, not without the help of the USSR, which at that time was one of the main importers of Icelandic cod and herring.

In fact, the Faroe Islands manage to manipulate the European Union. Brussels clearly understands that pressure on the obstinate islands can lead to separatism, the results of which are unpredictable. But the “profit” from a quiet and peaceful dialogue with the Faroes instead of various kinds of, in Sholokhov’s words, “ultimatums” can lead to potential losses.

The point here is that the territorial waters of the islands are not limited to fisheries resources alone: ​​there are oil and gas reserves there that have not yet been developed. Moreover, Greenland, which is also rich in fish resources in its territorial waters and currently being developed minerals, can follow the example of Faroe.


Vassal of not my vassal


When Denmark gave its vassal an ultimatum regarding anti-Russian sanctions, the vassal turned out to be not a vassal at all. Clearly aware that the Faroese economy depends on fish exports, the authorities made a fair decision.

The Faroe Islands clearly do not like the relationship between vassal and overlord. The Viking heritage, clearly preserved on the rebellious islands, does not give the local population the moral right to bend to someone. There are few of them - but, as they say, they are all in vests.

At the same time, at the moment, about 5% of the autonomy’s GDP is tied to the export of fish to Russia. It is clear that the Faroese authorities do not really approve of pressure from the mother country regarding foreign policy. Moreover, tourists from sanctioned Russia and Belarus go to the islands to see the rocks. Through European low-cost airlines, prices for trips to the Faroe Islands are quite reasonable.

The cost of a day's accommodation in the Faroe Islands is a maximum of 50 euros. In Norway and Iceland – more. In addition, in Iceland the prices for potato schnapps are wild, which is not a big deal for Russian tourists. In the Faroe Islands everything is fine, every house has a moonshine still.

In fact, the Faroe Islands have been independent for a long time. This is emphasized by the recent phrase of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Autonomous Republic, Honya Hoyldal:

“We are able to independently assess what is happening on our territory and in our waters.”


In total, the Faroe Islands produce about 20 species of fish and seafood, the main ones being herring, cod, halibut and shrimp. The USSR concluded an agreement with the Faroe Islands back in the 70s. According to its terms, Soviet fishing vessels had the right to fish in Faroese waters, for which Faroese vessels used the Barents Sea.

Now the situation is not changing, and the small Faroes manage to dictate their terms to the large collective West. An example is the words of Faroese Fisheries Minister Arnie Skole:

“It is absolutely right for us to extend the mutually beneficial existing fishing agreement with Russia, where we exchange fishing quotas with the Russians. We completely distance ourselves from any wars, including the situation between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. But for us this agreement is about much more than just fishing, it is also about taking care of fish stocks, about employment for our fishing communities, about shipyards, about our economy as a whole.”

The example of such patriotism of the small islands deserves respect. Apparently, the descendants of the Vikings retained their fighting mentality. At the same time, in addition to fortitude and love for the Motherland, the Faroese, it turns out, also have enough intelligence: the latest agreement with the Russian Federation also provides for the repair of Faroese ships at shipyards in the Murmansk region.
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  1. +6
    12 January 2024 04: 17
    Quite pragmatically, why would the Faroes lose their source of income?
    1. +4
      12 January 2024 09: 17
      The Faroese also dig steep tunnels on their islands and between them. And even underground junctions. We would like such an experience.
      1. 0
        12 January 2024 14: 40
        "The cost of a day's accommodation in the Faroe Islands is a maximum of 50 euros."
        “In the Faroe Islands everything is fine, there is a moonshine still in every house.”
        I already want to go there laughing
        1. 0
          13 January 2024 21: 52
          Quote: Kotofeich
          "The cost of a day's accommodation in the Faroe Islands is a maximum of 50 euros."
          “In the Faroe Islands everything is fine, there is a moonshine still in every house.”
          I already want to go there laughing

          And interestingly, the question arose, what do they make moonshine from?! what what
          1. 0
            14 January 2024 13: 34
            "...what do they make moonshine from?!"
            good good good
          2. +1
            14 January 2024 15: 41
            Quote: Starover_Z
            And interestingly, the question arose, what do they make moonshine from?!

            Judging by the fact that schools there teach how to slaughter sheep, there is still land there. Therefore, it is possible to sow rye and even wheat, and if you take 50% of rye and wheat, germinate it, add sugar and put it on a leisurely fermentation, and then run it through a well-known apparatus, you will get a simply amazing product with almost/virtually no fusel oils. And if you infuse this product with flowering herbs, berries... there will definitely be no end to tourists (especially from Russia).
            What if a Russian military base is placed there? fellow , not just one drinks , the sovereignty of the Faroe Islands will definitely be ensured. And we will also bring them diesel fuel, timber for business and construction, grain and balalaikas for their fish. Let them join the Union State of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, and they will be happy.
            And if they don’t have forests there, then we’ll send them our foresters with seedlings. After the labors of the righteous, our foresters have a good liqueur and tincture, and they also respect fresh/salted/smoked/dried fish... and views of the rocks.
        2. +1
          15 January 2024 19: 34
          The climate there is no problem. In winter there are strong winds and close to zero, sometimes minus, in summer + 15, but rainy. Moonshine is the basis for everything, as without it. But what is it interesting to drive from?
  2. +5
    12 January 2024 05: 03
    Until recently, it was difficult for a man with dark hair to obtain the consent of the bride’s parents

    Due to the small population in the Faroes, municipalities maintain a detailed database of all residents and their relationships to prevent incest. So you can marry anyone on the islands, even a black man, as long as the latter is not related. Same thing in Iceland
  3. 0
    12 January 2024 05: 07
    The photo shows SKR 712 “Neustrashimy” of project 11540.
    1. +1
      12 January 2024 06: 30
      What is he doing in the illustration about the Faroes?
      1. 0
        12 January 2024 06: 44
        Quote: anatolv
        What is he doing in the illustration about the Faroes?

        So this is not the Faroe Islands in the photo, I climbed all of them like my own bathhouse, but I have never seen anything like this.
      2. -1
        12 January 2024 06: 47
        Quote: anatolv
        What is he doing in the illustration about the Faroes?

        request
  4. 0
    12 January 2024 06: 12
    As a child, the author of these lines tried whale meat bought in the Sevastopol “Ocean” on Ostryaki, and the not-so-pleasant impression remained for the rest of his life.
    You should have tried the meat from the village general store. But in the Far East, whale meat was a common occurrence, before the ban on whale catching.
    1. 0
      12 January 2024 06: 23
      In the year 1966 I tried canned whale meat that was sold in grocery stores in Barnaul. It didn’t cause any disgust, but it was kind of bland. I didn’t buy it again.¿
  5. +1
    12 January 2024 06: 18
    But in the photo there is a doc, not Faroese, but a purebred Russian (Soviet era).
  6. +2
    12 January 2024 06: 18
    I first learned that such a territory existed from football news (!) about 25 years ago. Then they were allowed to participate in the qualifying competitions for all significant tournaments. There is interesting information (just looked) on the topic “football in the Faroe Islands” on Wikipedia.
    In general, well done Forerians, I wish them to finally become independent from the “micro-metropolis”!
    1. +1
      12 January 2024 06: 31
      Quote: andrewkor
      In general, well done Forerians, I wish them to finally become independent from the “micro-metropolis”!

      By and large, they don't want this. Having received limited independence from Denmark, they lost the northern “surcharges”, which would have been significant; education received in Denmark, practically free, can become very expensive.
  7. +1
    12 January 2024 07: 18
    In the late 80s I tried the freshest shrimp for the first time. Yes, and liver from cod that was walking in the ocean a week ago.
  8. 0
    12 January 2024 07: 40
    EU, Faroe Islands and the Russian coast - sanctions separately, fish separately

    Another confirmation that the world has long lived according to the concepts that are interpreted by the strongest.
  9. 0
    12 January 2024 10: 42
    It was interesting to read the article, but personally I was left with a feeling of bitterness. The author describes how the Faroese are “fighting for economic independence” and at the same time approves of the Faroese desire to sell seafood to Russia. And in my head I can see the laughter and ridicule in Russia regarding “Belarusian shrimp”. But it was from the Norwegians, Icelanders and the same Faroese that the Belarusian company “Santa Bremor” bought catches for processing and selling seafood in Russia and the CIS. Of course, the company continues to operate, but... a residue remains.
    1. +2
      13 January 2024 05: 50
      What's wrong with "Santa Bremor"? Did they have to close to prove something? I didn't quite understand your point.
      Do you still have a bad feeling about the fact that junk is being brought to us from China and they are putting on exactly the same “Made in Russia” stickers? And oops, we have a lot of import-substituted products.
      1. +1
        15 January 2024 10: 29
        I said that despite the union relations, the media and commentators in Russia are two-faced in relation to the economic successes of Belarus. In their words, the successes of Russia are a blessing and the highest goal, and the successes of Belarus are a reason for mockery and ridicule.

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