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Mutual pats on the shoulder in the Kremlin

It is one of the smaller rooms in the Kremlin, oval cut with mint-green walls, but with space for seven magnificent chandeliers. Three Russian Tsar and Empress are as big bronze statues in the room, two doors open at the opposite ends: By a President, Vladimir Putin, with characteristic delay, this Time there are one and a half hours.

Through the other door of the President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer in the reception hall; in the middle of the room, the two shake for a relaxed Hand. You are not here to talk in Detail about problems. It had gone to a determination of the location, is Ueli Maurer explain after the Meeting at a press conference. You could also knock say, it was a mutual shoulder.

it is Important for Switzerland, the economic relations and about the question of how the comparatively small Swiss companies easier access to the large Russian market can be found here. In a few sentences, says Putin Welcome in the oval room, remind him of his last Meeting with Mason at the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014. At the time, Maurer was still the Minister of sport. Then the Russian President, speaks about the exchange of goods between Russia and Switzerland. This was grown, so he believed, in the last year by 20 percent. Mason is later, say, Switzerland back in the trade with Russia still. He is alone to speak with the press, because for a press conference with Putin and a lack of time.

protecting power mandate in Georgia

Therefore, only the short address of Welcome in the oval reception hall remains as a common appearance. Ueli Maurer uses it to up to the year 1815 return: in the Time of the Congress of Vienna, have contributed to Russia it is essential that the Switzerland have kept their independence, he says. Since then, it was committed to Russia "and exceptionally connected". The bilateral relations are good, should be the Signal of this meeting – more than five years after the last visit of a President of the Swiss Confederation in Moscow.

But then there's the International, the conflict in the country. It then went behind closed doors. A conversation that describes a bricklayer and later as a "pleasant" and "very open" to what's hot but, "the fact that we are politically always agree". For example, in the case of the issue of Georgia, Where the Switzerland practicing since 2009 a protection mandate. Since then, Moscow and Tbilisi have broken off diplomatic relations after the war in the summer of 2008, Switzerland. "Here we are letter carriers," said Ueli Maurer. "Since we don't have to share the opinion of Russia." It will probably take some time until the situation is calm in Georgia. Switzerland will carry out their mandate, of course, so Maurer.

just this week, there had been protests in front of Parliament in Tbilisi. The government had promised to change the electoral law earlier than planned. However, the Parliament has not adopted the necessary Reform, as expected. A broken promise, which was given to the government from the beginning just to calm the situation in the summer. At that time, there had been protests after a Russian member of Parliament was occurred in the Georgian Parliament, and there, of all places, on the seat of the Georgian Parliament, the President had set. Moscow reacted to the unrest in Tbilisi in that it forbade direct flights to Georgia. Not to mention there is so not enough.

celebrities cast

in Addition, it was the conversation in the Kremlin, the war in Syria and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. There, Switzerland is engaged, indirectly, In the framework of the organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE), within the trilateral contact group between the OSCE, Russia and Ukraine. Putin has "expressed that he appreciates Switzerland as a mediator," said Mason, without specifically to the Ukraine relation. Putin will meet Switzerland "with great respect".

The Meeting in the oval hall of the Kremlin was occupied by the Russian side, prominently. In addition to President Putin, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Yuri Ushakov took Putin's part Advisor on foreign policy to it. An indication that the international crisis would, however, account for a larger part of the conversation. In addition, Minister of economy, Maxim Oreshkin, and Vice-sassen-Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko in the circle. Mutko was previously sports Minister and 2018, the President of the Russian football Association. He stood because of the Doping allegations made against Russia in the focus. Today, he stands in front of the joint economic Commission, in the once-a-year to the economic cooperation between Russia and Switzerland.

The visit of Ueli Maurer in Moscow was apparently planned in the short term, a business delegation has accompanied him. On Thursday morning he met with representatives of Swiss companies in Moscow, after which he spoke with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the White house, its headquarters. Even there, it was mainly the economic relations.

Created: 21.11.2019, 21:00 clock

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