Ekaterina Girnyk21:49, 18.09.23
This decision was made in Russia after Finland “did not confirm its readiness” to transfer the chairmanship to it in October.
According to the department, this decision was made after Finland “did not confirm its readiness” to transfer the chairmanship to Russia in October 2023, “in violation of the principle of rotation, disrupting the necessary preparatory activities.” It notes that “Russia will continue to implement its national objectives in the North.”
Council of the Euro-Arctic Region – what is known
The Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) was established as a forum for regional cooperation on January 11, 1993. It included Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Finland and Sweden as permanent members, as well as the European Commission. Nine more countries have observer status. Since March 2022, the last of the Arctic structures , BEAC stopped cooperation with the Russian Federation.