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Co-operation with Russia

The Nordic Council of Ministers considers developments in Russia of vital importance to the Nordic Region.

Two of the Nordic countries share borders with Russia and the Baltic and Barents seas also bind us to our neighbour in the East. Historically, events in Russia have had a direct impact on stability and development in the Nordic Region.

The Nordic governments are strongly in favour of developing and expanding these historical relationships in order to generate growth and stability in Northern Europe.

The Nordic Council of Ministers' co-operation with North-West Russia focuses on enhancing democracy and civil society on the basis of values such as human rights, gender equality, tolerance, the rule of law and good governance. 

In practice, the 10 councils of ministers, the Nordic institutions and the ministers for Nordic co-operation all work with North-West Russia.

Guidelines for the Nordic Council of Ministers' co-operation with North-West Russia from 2014


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