Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hold working meeting in Geneva

Bern, 28.11.2018 - Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, discussed bilateral, multilateral and global issues during a working lunch in Geneva. This was the first extensive bilateral meeting between the two foreign ministers, who until now had only met on the margins of conferences.

During the working lunch, the two ministers discussed Swiss-Russian relations, the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan and current challenges in the Council of Europe. 

Switzerland and Russia maintain solid ties. In view of the continuing friction at the international level, Switzerland is committed to maintaining dialogue and pursues an impartial, even-handed policy towards Russia. Since a memorandum of understanding on strengthening cooperation was signed by the two foreign ministries in 2007, contact between Swiss and Russian representatives has increased significantly with up to 15 meetings a year. This format makes it possible to address challenges in Swiss-Russian relations jointly.


Address for enquiries

FDFA Information
Federal Palace West Wing
CH-3003 Bern, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 58 462 31 53
E-mail: info@eda.admin.ch
Twitter: @SwissMFA



Publisher

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/recent/media.html

Last modification 03.10.2018

Top of page

https://www.admin.ch/content/gov/en/start/documentation/media-releases.msg-id-73119.html