The Foreign Ministry said that Switzerland cannot represent the interests of Kyiv in Russia
Bern agreed to Kyiv's request to represent its diplomatic interests in Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry replied that by joining the sanctions, Switzerland has lost the status of a neutral state type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
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Having joined the sanctions against Russia, Switzerland has lost the status of a neutral state, therefore it cannot represent the diplomatic interests of Kyiv in Russia. This was stated by Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Ivan Nechaev.
According to him, Switzerland has long been interested in Moscow's opinion on the possible representation of Ukraine's interests in Russia and vice versa. “We answered very clearly that Switzerland, unfortunately, has lost the status of a neutral state and cannot act either as an intermediary or as a representative of interests,” — he said (TASS quote).
Diplomatic relations between Kyiv and Moscow were severed after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. It became known yesterday that Bern agreed to Kyiv's request to represent its diplomatic interests in Russia.
Currently, Switzerland also represents the interests of Georgia in Russia, since diplomatic relations between Moscow and Tbilisi have been severed since 2008.
After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Switzerland joined the EU sanctions against Moscow. “The list of persons and organizations subject to Swiss sanctions in connection with the situation in Ukraine is fully consistent with the EU list”, — noted in the Swiss government. At the same time, they emphasized that none of the introduced measures “is directed against trade in agricultural and food products between third countries and Russia.”
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In March, the Russian government approved a list of “unfriendly” states. Switzerland, along with all the EU countries, Ukraine, the USA, Canada, Japan and other states, joined it.
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