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Russia Pulls Out Of The Council of Baltic Sea States

Europe News

Russia has on Tuesday 17th of May 2021 announced that it had decided to pull out of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), stating that the organisation has abandoned the principles on which it was created, and is turning it into an instrument of anti-Russian policy.

The CBSS is a political forum for regional cooperation that groups together 11 member states such as Germany, Finland and Norway as well as the European Union. The council in March suspend Russia from further participation in the council’s activities in response to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.

The Russian foreign ministry in Moscow has now issued a statement regarding the stance of the council. According to the statement, "The states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union as part of the CBSS have abandoned equal dialogue and principles on which this regional organization was created, and are consistently turning it into an instrument of anti-Russian policy."

The ministry added that The departure from the CBSS will not affect Russia's presence in the Baltic region and Moscow will continue to work with partners and hold events on key issues of regional development.