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New York: Russia calls on Switzerland to “return to neutrality”

updated22. September 2022, 16:14

New YorkRussia calls on Switzerland to “return to neutrality”

On Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Swiss President Ignazio Cassis at the UN General Assembly. Now Russia is reprimanding Swiss foreign policy.

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Federal President Cassis met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York.

Ministry of Defense of Russia

Sergei Lavrov and Ignazio Cassis shook hands during a meeting at the UN General Debate.  On social media, users are venting their displeasure about this.

Sergei Lavrov and Ignazio Cassis shook hands during a meeting at the UN General Debate. On social media, users are venting their displeasure about this.

Twitter/MFA Russia

On September 20, 2022, the Federal President addressed the UN General Assembly and appealed to Russia to end the war immediately.

On September 20, 2022, the Federal President addressed the UN General Assembly and appealed to Russia to end the war immediately.

AFP

  • On Wednesday, Federal President Cassis met the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.

  • This happened in connection with the UN General Assembly in New York.

  • Russia is now calling on Switzerland to “become neutral” again.

As part of the UN general debate in New York, Federal President Ignazio Cassis met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday. The two men posed for a joint photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday afternoon.

During the conversation, the Russian side pointed out that Switzerland had deviated from the principle of neutrality, which is reflected in its full support for EU sanctions aimed at Russia and the pursuit of anti-Russian policies. The Russian Foreign Ministry continued: “Bern was asked to return to a neutral state policy, which has given the Confederation international recognition in recent years.”

Cassis addresses UN General Assembly

According to the EDA, Cassis called on Russia in New York not to hold “so-called referendums”. The Federal Council is also “deeply concerned” about the danger of a possible use of nuclear weapons, he said in conversation with his Russian counterpart.

On Tuesday, the Federal President addressed the UN General Assembly and appealed to Russia to end the war immediately. “Let me be clear that this military aggression violates the most fundamental principles of the Charter,” Cassis said.

Criticism because of the photo with Lavrov

The picture met with a lot of incomprehension on social media: “Wow, you talk and shake hands with war criminals, Mr. Cassis?” asked a user. “You could have saved yourself the smile, Mr. Federal President!” Said another.

When looking at the photo, a user wondered where Swiss neutrality had gone. “The Swiss?” she just marveled. Another user scolded again: “Ashamed, Mr. Cassis and Switzerland!” The hateful ones reactions show: The photo does not put Switzerland in a good light. “They are hiding Russian assets,” a twitterer in English tries to explain the friendly gesture of the FDFA boss with irony. Another says cynically that Lavrov is just checking his account balance with Cassis.

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