Sweden wanted to kick Russia out of Council
Rahvusvahelised uudised 01 Dec 2010  EWR
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The Swedish Wire
Sweden wanted to kick Russia out of the Council of Europe following the 2008 Russian-Georgian war and had US support to do so, according to a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks this week.

"Sweden, as Chair of the Council of Europe, will seek to solicit support from other Council of Europe members against Russia and in the next few months will attempt to vote Russia out," an August 2008 cable from the US embassy in Stockholm read.

"This is still in the early planning stages, but is a current goal of (Foreign Minister) Bildt," the cable read.

"Current thinking is to use Sweden's chairmanship of the Council of Europe (until Nov. 2008) to mobilise support to kick Russia out of the Council of Europe," the note continued.

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