Russia does not regard Switzerland as neutral “Participating in illegal sanctions in Western countries” | Reuters

On August 11, Russia said it no longer considers Switzerland neutral because it participates in Western countries’ “illegal” sanctions against Russia. FILE PHOTO: Bern, Switzerland, May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

[モスクワ 11日 ロイター] – Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman Nechayev said on Monday that he had turned down an offer to have Switzerland represent Ukraine’s interests in the country. He said Switzerland was no longer considered a neutral country because it participated in Western countries’ “illegal” sanctions against Russia.

“The Swiss side has expressed interest in our opinion on the possibility of establishing a representative of Ukrainian interests in Russia and of Russian interests in Ukraine,” he said.

“We clearly answered that Switzerland, unfortunately, has lost its neutral status and cannot act as an intermediary or an interest representative,” he said.

Switzerland has been in line with the European Union’s sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

Swiss media have previously reported that the primary purpose of the Swiss proposal to become an interest representative is to enable the Swiss embassy in Moscow to provide consular services to Ukrainians residing in Russia. rice field.

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