The Nordic Council of Ministers attaches great importance to close co-operation with the regions of North-West Russia, in particular to establishing cross-border networks and promoting greater democracy.
The Nordic Council of Ministers was in the years 1995-2015 represented in Russia through an information office in Skt. Petersburg and four contact centers in Petrozavodsk, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Kaliningrad.
Civil society organisations play an important roll for the Nordic Council of Ministers Cooperation with the Baltic countries and northwest Russia. In particular as partners to build capacity within a number of areas of priority for the Nordic Council of Ministers, but also as partners towards building networks and develop the Councils cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. The Nordic Council of Ministers intends to broaden and intensify its cooperation with NGOs and work towards the strengthening of civil society.
The Northern Dimension is a political framework agreement for co-operation between the EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland. The Northern Dimension focuses on North-west Russia and on co-operation between North-west Russia and its adjacent states: the five Nordic countries and the three Baltic States Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.