Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lavrov confirms that Switzerland will act on behalf of Russia

After the statement by the Georgian Foreign Minister, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has confirmed that the embassy of Switzerland will begin to issue visas to Georgian nationals from March 5.

`I has been reported that the agreements, which we have signed with Switzerland and Switzerland signed with Georgia about fulfilling diplomatic functions of the two countries by the neutral state, will be brought to force in few days,` Sergey Lavrov said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Swiss counterpart, Micheline Calmy-Rey, exchanged the diplomatic papers authorizing Switzerland to act on Russia`s behalf in Georgia at a ceremony in Moscow on December 13.

On March 3, Russian and Swiss diplomats in Moscow, Georgian and Swiss diplomats in Tbilisi will exchange diplomatic notes. The next day, the offices will open simultaneously, and the staffs of the embassy will resume their diplomatic and consulate functions.


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