Minister of economy of Switzerland postponed the visit to the Russian Federation
The head of the Federal Department (Ministry) of economy, education and research of Switzerland Johann Schneider-Amman decided to postpone the visit to the Russian Federation on the background of the situation in Ukraine, said a spokesman of the Ministry Rudy Kristen.
The visit was planned for October of the current year. As expected, in the capital of Russia, the parties were obliged to begin again launched in 2010 dialogues about the establishment of free trade between the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) and the European free trade Association (EFTA - Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway). They were stopped for a while Bern in March in response to the reunification of the Crimea with Russia." rule in Eastern Europe, and, most importantly, in Ukraine, is not conducive to the resumption of negotiations, " said Kristen, ITAR-TASS reported. Another reason for the postponement of the visit was the fact that certain of half a dozen significant businessmen, who were obliged to follow Schneider-Amman in the trip to the capital of Russia, began to doubt the evidence of their participation, " said Kristen. According to him, " the Visit will take place at some stage in the coming year ". During the last period of time in relations between Russia and Switzerland has been a split. On 14 August, the Swiss Parliament in connection with the political situation did not go the state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Switzerland. Naryshkin said that Switzerland has changed with the principle of neutrality and, in response, on August 22, did not want to take the Ambassador of Switzerland in Russia Pierre Helga. The head of the state Duma's public relations and media Yuri Shuvalov said that Switzerland has, in the tail of a counterproductive policy.