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MOSCOW, October 25 (Itar-Tass) — Russia will uphold Switzerland’s application to join the G-20, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
After the talks with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter on Thursday, Lavrov said when the application was received the presiding country started consultations with other G-20 participants.
The decision is being taken by consensus.
“Our country will take a constructive approach towards Switzerland’s application,” Lavrov said.
Burkharlter said, “Switzerland is actively holding talks on this issue. We hope to join discussions within the G-20 by 2013.”
The minister said intensive consultations were being held amidst Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The consultations also focused on raw materials trading, he added.