State Secretary Leu maintains dialog with Russia
31 January 2022 12:35
As part of regular, annual meetings between Switzerland and Russia, State Secretary Livia Leu has continued “open, constructive dialogue” with Vladimir Titov, the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, further details of which can be found in a press release. At the talks, Leu expressed concerns regarding the mounting tensions on the Ukrainian-Russian border. Switzerland takes the view that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), of which both countries are members, should play a central role as a platform for dialog to mediate the situation with its trust and security-building measures.
Leu pointed to the obligation to implement commitments agreed within the framework of this platform. Both countries are likewise members of the Council of Europe. Therefore, this also applies to rulings made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In this context, Leu addressed the ordered closure of Memorial International, Russia’s oldest human rights organization, as well as the ongoing imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Alongside the political developments in Eastern Europe and Iran, Leu and Titov also discussed the protecting power mandate that Switzerland performs for Russia in Georgia and for Georgia in Russia. Other topics covered included Switzerland’s candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council.