Russia and Belarus suspended from Council of the Baltic Sea States

Russia and Belarus suspended from Council of the Baltic Sea States

March 5, 2022

The EU has joined members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in suspending Russia and Belarus from the Council’s activities. This decision is a part of the European Union’s and its partners response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the involvement of Belarus in this unprovoked and unjustified aggression.

The CBSS is a regional forum for cooperation among the 11 Baltic Sea States and the EU, which is also a member of the Council. The EU agrees with the other members of the CBSS (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden) that the suspension of Russia and Belarus will remain in force until it is possible to resume cooperation based on respect for fundamental principles of international law. 

Russia is one of the co-founders of the Council and Belarus is a CBSS observer state. 

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