Russia is withdrawing from the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). However, according to the country’s Foreign Ministry, this will not affect its presence in the region.
“In response to hostile actions, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.V. Lavrov sent a message to the ministers of the CBSS member countries, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as to the secretariat of the Council in Stockholm with a notification of withdrawal from the organization. At the same time, The Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation has decided to withdraw from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry reported.
The department noted that the termination of membership in the CBSS will not affect Russia’s presence in the region.
“Attempts to oust our country from the Baltic are doomed to failure. We will continue to work with responsible partners, hold events on key issues of the development of the Baltic region – our common heritage, and protect the interests of our compatriots,” the statement of the Ministry says.
The Ministry added that, if you call a spade a spade, Western countries have monopolized the Council for their “opportunistic purposes”, making plans to organize its work to the detriment of Russian interests.
Earlier today, it was reported that Russia has decided to declare “persona non grata” two employees of the Finnish embassy. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, this was a response to the groundless expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Finland, as well as to Helsinki’s confrontational course towards the Russian Federation, “including the supply of weapons to the Kyiv regime and covering up the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists against the civilian population of Donbass and Ukraine.”
Source: RIA Novosti