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Russia Slams Switzerland for 'Unfriendly' Moves, Warns of Impact on Bilateral Relations

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The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday sharply criticized the Swiss government for restrictive measures against Russia related to Moscow’s stance on the Ukrainian crisis, saying such moves could harm bilateral relations.

MOSCOW, August 15 (RIA Novosti) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday sharply criticized the Swiss government for restrictive measures against Russia related to Moscow’s stance on the Ukrainian crisis, saying such moves could harm bilateral relations.

"We express our disappointment in connection with these decisions taken by Bern," the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier on Friday, the Swiss government decided to draft additional measures aimed at preventing the use of the territory of the Swiss Confederation to circumvent the existing EU sanctions against Russia. The government also confirmed the ban on transfers of dual-purpose products and technologies to Russia.

"These decisions do not reflect the partnership nature of our relations and harm the prospects of Russian-Swiss cooperation," Russian Foreign Ministry said.

On Thursday, the Swiss parliament said it canceled the official visit of the Chairman of the State Duma, Sergey Naryshkin, to Berne for the celebrations of 200 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Switzerland.

 

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