Moscow [Russia]November 19 (ANI / Sputnik): Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed on Friday to revive nine-way security talks with the five Nordic and three Baltic states to address security issues in the region.
“We have repeatedly suggested to our Swedish colleagues that measures be taken to facilitate a dialogue on regional stability and security in the Baltics. We propose to return to a format used at some stage – by five Nordic countries, three Baltic countries and Russia. . ” he said.
Lavrov presented the proposals at a press conference in Moscow after meeting with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde, the current chair of the European Security Council (OSCE).
Sweden and Finland are NATO partner countries, while the rest of the Nordic countries – Denmark, Iceland and Norway as well as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are full member countries. Tensions between Russia and the alliance increased last month after NATO expelled eight Russian diplomats from its Brussels office. (ANI / Sputnik)