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Switzerland revises its neutrality due to outer pressure — Russian parliament speaker

August 15, 2014, 15:17 UTC+3 (Adds quotes
“The well-known Swiss neutrality, in my opinion, means the country may follow a balanced position and consider all views on complicated issues,” he says
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 Russian parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin

Russian parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin

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MOSCOW, August 15.. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin said by cancelling his visit to Switzerland due in September the country has revised its neutrality due to outer pressure.

Naryshkin said on Thursday he learned from his Swiss counterpart to postpone the visit, which was devoted to the 200th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Switzerland.

“No doubt, I am sorry to miss this good symbolic reason for meetings, official talks on development of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, including cooperation between the parliaments,” he said. “I am also sorry since contacts between parliaments are very important now that Europe is facing, I would call it, excessive tension.”

“The well-known Swiss neutrality, in my opinion, means the country may follow a balanced position and consider all views on complicated issues,” the speaker told reporters on Friday. “In this case the Swiss counterparts must have had to revise the status due to outer pressure.”

“That’s a pity. However, I have to say this does not credit to the parliament of the strong sovereign and democratic country,” the Russian politician said. “Seemingly effective gestures of the kind are not harmless sometimes. In some cases they cause long-term consequences, which historians have to analyse later on,” the Russian parliament speaker said.

He continued saying people in Europe had rich historical experience and memory, which, unfortunately, are based on the lessons from the two world wars. He repeated what he said on Thursday in Yalta [at a meeting featuring Russian leaders and parliamentarians]: “The historic memory seems to be able to prompt that unilateral actions, sanctions and conciliation result not only in counter-productive but even in very sad consequences.”

Naryshkin hoped “the habit of being decent will prevail in the relations between the countries over the seemingly political fuss, and all European politicians of common sense will unite again under the common human values, which have been unconditional for us, Russians.”

As for the events devoted to the 200th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Switzerland, “the Russian delegation, the Russian parliamentarians, no doubt, will participate in them,” the speaker said. “We have been observing our obligations; we shall fulfil all earlier agreements, as we do not let ourselves misbehave.

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