Russian, Swedish foreign ministers to discuss bilateral relations

Tass: Russian News Agency posted an article titled, “Russian, Swedish foreign ministers to discuss bilateral relations.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom on Tuesday to discuss bilateral cooperation and interaction in the international arena, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Wallstrom is in Moscow on a working visit at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Minister.

‘During the talks, the foreign ministers will discuss relevant issues of Russian-Swedish bilateral relations, cooperation of Russia and Sweden in regional structures in Northern Europe and in international affairs’, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on the eve of the visit.

The Russian party proceeds from the fact that the difference in estimates of certain events should not be an obstacle to dialogue and constructive search for solutions to the current issues.

Current state of bilateral relations

The Foreign Ministry marked Russia’s interest in developing relations with Sweden and noted that mutual high-level visits in 2009-2011 had a positive impact on the development of cooperation.

Thanks to development of Russian-Swedish trade, economic and investment cooperation a record figure of turnover was achieved in 2012 – $10 bln.

At the same time Russia’s Foreign Ministry marks deterioration of relations in connection with the events in Ukraine. The conflict in Ukraine prompted Stockholm to scale down Russian-Swedish contacts between the heads of ministries and departments and to suspend inter-parliamentary cooperation.

Nevertheless, Russia hopes that different stances on a number of issues will not become an obstacle to further dialogue, the Ministry said.

The situation with the apartment house of Russia’s trade mission in Sweden remains a serious aggravating factor in the Russian-Swedish relations.”

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