Baerbock advocates closer cooperation

Germany will be taking over the presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States on 1 July. The region could play a central role in achieving the goal of independence from Russian energy.

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Kristiansand (dpa) – German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is keen to promote cooperation within the Baltic Sea region on the production of offshore wind energy. Ahead of a ministerial meeting to be held this Wednesday in Kristiansand, Norway, the Green politician announced on Tuesday that the German government would also be using Germany’s upcoming presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States to further this end. Germany will be taking over the presidency from Norway for one year on 1 July. This will be the first meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States following Russia’s exclusion and withdrawal from the body because of the war of aggression in Ukraine. Electricity from wind and other renewable energy sources will free us from Russian energy imports and combat global warming, Baerbock explained. “Phasing out fossil fuels is therefore not only a climate policy necessity, but also a security policy imperative.”