Foreign Minister Margot Wallström told Swedish Radio she will meet with her Russian counterpart to discuss bilateral relations and the tense security situation in the Baltic region.
Wallström said no date had been set for the meeting but that she expected to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the near future. Wallström said there are a number of topics up for discussion.
“I think we have quite a long agenda,” Wallström told Swedish Radio. “There are bilateral relations and how we view certain conflicts and Russia’s and Sweden’s role in cooperating at the UN Security Council. And, of course, also the EU and Russia.”
Sweden’s relations with Russia have been frosty since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine and backed separatists fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine. There have also been a number of incidents in recent years where Russian military planes have violated Swedish airspace.
Wallström added that the situation in Ukraine will be brought up at the meeting, as well as security around the Baltic Sea.
“It is clear that we will talk about it – the security situation around the Baltic. And also how we can cooperate going forward. And that’s everything from people-to-people contacts, our trade and our relations in general, to defense policy,” Wallström said.
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Norway: Law of the Sea and International Law is the “Constitution” of the Arctic says Norway’s foreign minister, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Russia invites Arctic Council on icebreaker tour, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Sweden’s foreign minister still undecided on Barents Council meeting in Russia, Radio Sweden
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