18:54 11 Aug 2022

russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Switzerland could not represent Ukraine's interests in russia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the russian federation stated that Switzerland could not represent the interests of Ukraine in russia

RIA Novosti reports it.

"The Swiss were really interested in our opinion about the possible representation of the interests of Ukraine in Russia and russia in Ukraine, and for quite a long time. We answered very clearly that Switzerland, unfortunately, has lost the status of a neutral state and cannot act as a mediator or a representative of interests," said Ivan Nechaev, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of russia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the russian federation also recalled that Bern joined the sanctions against russia and declared that it "supports the anti-people Nazi regime in Kyiv, participates in an aggressive russophobic campaign launched by the West and Ukraine."


Ukraine and Switzerland have completed negotiations on the possibility of representing Ukrainian interests in russia after the breakdown of diplomatic relations.

On February 24, the day of the full-scale invasion, Ukraine announced the severance of diplomatic relations with russia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine also withdrew the temporary charge d'affaires of Ukraine in the russian federation Vasyl Pokotyl to Kyiv for consultations and began the evacuation of the Ukrainian embassy in moscow.

At the same time, Ukraine did not break consular relations with russia, in accordance with Article 2 of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

We will remind that Switzerland already represents the interests of Georgian citizens in russia since, after the russian invasion in 2008, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with moscow. The Swiss embassy in Tbilisi has a department for russian interests, and the embassy in moscow has a department representing Georgian interests.

Read Rubryka's daily timeline of war: current news on Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression.

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