Russia will withdraw from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference

Volodin: The Council of the State Duma decided to withdraw from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference =”Russia will withdraw from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference” />

The Council of the State Duma has decided to withdraw Russia from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC), Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin said.

“Today, at the Council of the Duma, a decision was made to withdraw the Russian Federation from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC). Permanent members of the BSPC are the parliaments of Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Finland, Sweden and Estonia. Today there is no dialogue with the parliamentarians of most of these countries either in the format of this organization or through inter-parliamentary channels,— he said.

According to him, the responsibility for breaking parliamentary ties lies with those who “undermine the basic principles of the conference and use it to attack Russia.” He noted that the conference “stopped real cooperation, and the participating countries forgot about the interests of their own citizens.”

“The once useful format of multilateral dialogue has been turned into an instrument of anti-Russian policy. This deprives any sense of further interaction within the framework of the BSPC,— concluded Volodin.

The Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference was established in 1991 as a forum for political dialogue between parliamentarians from the Baltic Sea region.

The BSPC includes 11 states, including the Baltic countries, Scandinavia, Poland, Germany, Iceland and Russia. The conference is convened once a year at the invitation of one of the participating parliaments.

Russia's relations with other countries — conference participants escalated against the backdrop of the military operation in Ukraine. The EU countries, which include most of the BSPC countries, have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow. The restrictions also affected the first persons of the state, who are now prohibited from visiting the EU.

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In addition, against the backdrop of the special operation, Russia's confrontation with NATO intensified: the alliance has already held several emergency meetings and announced an increase in troops on the eastern flank. Of the BSPC countries, only Sweden and Finland are not members of the alliance, but their governments have already announced their intention to apply for membership in NATO in the near future.

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