Maria Butina, a member of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs, in a conversation with Pravda.Ru commented on the decision of the Russian authorities to withdraw from the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
“Cooperation within the framework of this institution was complicated by the presence of a poorly concealed fear of the “Russian threat” among the northern countries: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are talking about the “Soviet occupation”, and Sweden still cannot overcome the “Poltava syndrome”, although we cannot deal with them. have been at war for more than two hundred years. It is worth recalling that since the time of Peter the Great, Russia has been a Baltic power and is present in the region, but does not plan to capture anyone. With the withdrawal of Russia from the organization, the presence of our country in the region will not go anywhere, it is still an important player, which will have to be reckoned with and conduct a dialogue on an equal footing,” the deputy said.
According to her, Moscow was forced to stop working in one of the central links of the regional cooperation mechanism. However, Russia is ready to solve problems with all interested participants, the parliamentarian stressed.
“Given that the Ukrainian problems do not in any way correlate with the competence of the CBSS, we can safely assume that sooner or later the members of the organization will turn to Russia, without which it is impossible to productively resolve the acute problems facing the region in the field of humanitarian cooperation, security, and trade,” concluded member of the State Duma.
Earlier, Russian diplomats reported that the Russian Federation was officially withdrawing from the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
“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,” they wrote on the official website of the Foreign Ministry.