June 10 in the city of Nuuk (Greenland), the American Consulate began to work
This was announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
He noted that the opening of a consulate in Greenland is a testament to America’s commitment to strengthen cooperation with the inhabitants of the island and Denmark.
“We are reopening our consulate in Nuuk, Greenland. Our presence in Nuuk will strengthen partnerships with the Arctic allies and contribute to the joint prosperity of our friends in Denmark and Greenland. We thank our allies for helping us realize this important event, ”wrote Pompeo.
Earlier, the US Consulate in Greenland was opened in 1940 after the beginning of the Nazi occupation of Denmark, but in 1953 it was closed.
Today, Greenland is the largest island on Earth. It is the administrative autonomous unit of Denmark. About 58 thousand people live on the island, 90% of them are Greenland Eskimos. 80% of the island is covered in ice.
Recall that in August last year, US President Donald Trump announced his intention to acquire the island of Greenland from Denmark.
Denmark categorically did not like this proposal. They replied that they were “open to business, not trade,” and called this idea absurd.
In response, President Trump was offended and postponed the already scheduled meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen “indefinitely.”
This is not the first time that the United States has shown interest in Greenland. For the first time, Washington proposed to buy this island in 1867, and the last time, if you do not take into account the words of Trump, was in 1941, when America ensured the safety of this territory. This is a struggle for influence in the Arctic, between the United States and Russia.
In 2018, local parliamentary elections were held on the island, won by the Social Democratic Party (Siumut), which favors secession and complete independence from Denmark.
In this vein, the United States is trying to offer the island $ 12.1 million in assistance. This is done to counterbalance the influence of Russia and China in the Arctic.