Russia withdrew from the Council of the Baltic Sea States because there are no prospects there, they didn’t want to “see and hear” it, Svetlana Zhurova, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, told NEWS.ru. According to her, this does not threaten the country, membership fees will be returned.
We withdrew from the Council of the Baltic Sea States due to the fact that they do not want to hear us there and especially not to see us, so why should we pay membership dues, especially now? – she said.
Zhurova added that for a long time Russia has been working fruitfully in the organization, and therefore leaves the Council with regret.
The day before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the termination of Russia’s membership in the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in a letter sent to the Council’s secretariat in Stockholm. It is specified that the withdrawal from the international organization was a response to the “hostile actions” of other member states of the association.
The decision taken by the Council of the lower house of the Russian Parliament on Russia’s withdrawal from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) was announced by State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. According to him, the organization stopped real cooperation, and the participating countries “forgot about the interests of their own citizens.”