MOSCOW, May 6. /TASS/. Moscow believes pressure applied by the US authorities against Switzerland’s economy ministry and business circles to prevent them from visiting the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is not acceptable, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.
The fact of such pressure was reported earlier by Swiss mass media. According to them, representatives of the US embassy in Bern recommended Switzerland’s Eeconomy Ministry dissuade Swiss businessmen from visiting the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
"This occurs against the background of statements, ongoing reviews and reports, including those of the Department of State, about violations of human rights and inadmissibility of applying pressure on the business," Zakharova said.
"At the same time, putting pressure on a sovereign state in making decisions and putting pressure on the business is an absolute norm for Washington," the spokeswoman added.
The twentieth St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will be held on June 16-18 on a new site near St. Petersburg. The new economic reality and the search for new growth drivers will be key topics for discussions at the Forum.