Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden Ann Linde
On May 27, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden Ann Linde at her initiative.
The diplomats discussed in detail issues of bilateral relations with an emphasis on promoting practical cooperation, primarily, in the trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian areas. The two countries are considering holding a video conference of the co-chairs of the Russia-Sweden Supervisory Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation in early June.
The ministers discussed the problem of countering the spread of the new coronavirus infection. They noted the need to promote WHO-coordinated international cooperation on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.
It has been agreed that Russia and Sweden will continue their effective cooperation in multilateral regional formats in the north of Europe and the Arctic, in part, during Russia’s forthcoming presidency in the Arctic Council in 2021 ̶ 2023.
The ministers reviewed the regular ministerial meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), which was held via video conference on May 19 of this year. They emphasised the importance of drafting a new strategic document for the Baltic Region to 2030 with a view to developing the Russia-proposed programme of promoting cooperation.
The diplomats exchanged views on urgent international issues, in part, in terms of Sweden’s OSCE Presidency in 2021. They emphasized the need to concentrate on a unifying European agenda.
The ministers also devoted attention to disarmament issues, including the consequences of Washington’s statement on the US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty, preparations for the NPT review conference and the situation at the Disarmament Conference in Geneva.
Discussing the crisis in Ukraine, the diplomats emphasised that there is no alternative to the Minsk Package of Measures. Mr Lavrov stressed that these agreements must be consistently fulfilled, including the development of direct sustainable dialogue between the sides in the conflict: Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk.
Holding similar positions, the ministers exchanged views on the alarming situation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the situation in Syria and Yemen and the efforts made in the Stockholm format to facilitate an inclusive national dialogue in Venezuela.