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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.”
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.