Countries pursuing a neutrality policy are Russia’s partners in solving modern problems – Konstantin Kosachev

The senator held a roundtable on Neutrality in the Modern World: Reality, Opportunities and Risks

Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev held a roundtable on Neutrality in the Modern World: Reality, Opportunities and Risks.

In his opening remarks, the senator reminded the audience that on 2 February 2017, the UN General Assembly declared 12 December, the International Day of Neutrality. “This year it was marked for the second time,” he added.

Konstantin Kosachev cited Sweden as an example of de facto neutrality, a policy the country has been applying since 1814, including during the war. Other countries having recognised permanent neutrality status are Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Austria, and Cambodia. “The positions of those states, which declared and actually stick to the principles of neutrality, continue to be an essential part of international relations.”

“Russia views the countries that adhere to this policy as absolutely natural partners in solving many pressing problems of today. At the same time, they also retain opportunities to act in other spheres of their foreign policy, including contacts with well-known geopolitical opponents of our country,” Konstantin Kosachev said.

The participants discussed current trends in the development of neutrality policies in a number of countries and its legal aspects, and discussed various forms of interaction with neutral states.

The discussion participants included First Deputy Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committee Vladimir Dzhabarov and Sergei Kislyak; Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of International Organisations Pyotr Ilyichev; head of the department for social and political research at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Schweitzer; and representatives of the academic and expert community.