Moscow says Switzerland cannot represent Ukraine in Russia
13 August 2022 | 1:46 pm
Russia's Foreign Ministry has claimed Switzerland is no longer "neutral," so it cannot represent Ukrainian interests in Russia. The Alpine country has a long tradition of acting as a "protecting power."
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