Referring to the European Council conclusions of 24 February 2022 on Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine, the cooperation with the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) shall be suspended.

The National Coordinators Group (NCG) of the EUSBSR shall not support any actions of the Policy Areas of the EUSBSR that would include the Russian Federation and/or the Republic of Belarus as observers/ partners/ members of the Steering Groups of the Policy Areas and in any other capacity. The Policy Areas of the EUSBSR shall also make sure that the cooperation to date is suspended with immediate effect and new partnerships with these countries shall not be created.

The NCG shall ensure the proper adjustment of the functioning of the EUSBSR in these changed circumstances.