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Russia is expelled from the Danube Commission

Russia is expelled from the Danube Commission Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba (Photo: RBC-Ukraine, Vitalii Nosach)

Russia is being deprived of membership in the Danube Commission due to its missile and drone strikes on the Lower Danube in Ukraine, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba on X.

According to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danube Commission made this decision at its 100th-anniversary meeting under the chairmanship of Ukraine. It is also based on the decision of March 17, 2022, when Russians were prohibited from participating in all meetings and excluded from the secretariat of the Commission.

Russia has been instructed to withdraw from the organization by February 29, 2024. If Moscow fails to do so, members of the Danube Commission will not recognize their obligations to Russia under the Belgrade Convention on the regime of navigation on the Danube.

The Danube Commission is an international organization established by the Convention on the Regime of Navigation on the Danube, signed in Belgrade on August 18, 1948.

The members of the Commission include Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Croatia.

In November 2023, Russia was excluded from UNESCO's Executive Board for the first time in history.

Later, it became known that Ukraine joined the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. This was a historic event.