Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom

On February 6, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden Margot Wallstrom over the telephone at the latter’s request.

The ministers discussed Russian-Swedish relations. Margot Wallstrom expressed regret over the incidents with regard to the Russian embassy and trade mission in Stockholm, which took place in early January through the provocative actions of Swedish citizen Leonid Karnyushin and informed the Russian side about the steps being taken by the Swedish authorities to ensure the safety of the Russian diplomatic missions in Sweden.

The sides exchanged views on a number of international matters, including the situation in Syria, as well as Russian-Swedish cooperation in regional formats in Northern Europe.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s comment on illegal acts against Russian diplomatic missions in Sweden

On January 12, Tobias Lorentzson, Charge d’Affaires at the Swedish Embassy in Moscow, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry to hear a statement of protest to the inadequate response by the Swedish authorities to the unlawful actions of Swedish citizen Leonid Karnyushin aimed the Russian Embassy and trade mission in Sweden.

On January 6, Karnyushin crashed through a gate to a parking lot in a car and then rammed the garage gate of the office and residential building of the trade mission. On January 8, he drove a truck into the main gate of the mission’s administrative building, damaging it. On January 10, he illegally entered the grounds of the Embassy, and ​​later on the same day, damaged the video surveillance equipment installed on the trade mission grounds. After each such incident, Karnyushin was detained by the Swedish police, who, however, released him after a few hours.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called the Charge d’Affaires’ attention to the Swedish authorities’ position, as they seemed to dissociate themselves from ensuring the safety and security of Russian diplomatic missions. The Russian Embassy in Stockholm repeatedly appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden asking to strengthen the physical security of Russian diplomatic facilities. However, no specific steps have been taken so far.

Karnyushin’s provocative actions are becoming more and more impudent and aggressive, which creates a direct threat to the lives and health of the diplomatic missions’ employees and their families, the Russian officials stressed.

The Swedish side was informed of the urgent need to take all appropriate measures to protect the premises of Russian diplomatic missions from any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the missions or impairment of their dignity in accordance with the obligations undertaken by Sweden under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.

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Consequences of the act of the terror against the office and residential building of the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Sweden (January, 2018)

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Consequences of the act of the terror against the office and residential building of the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Sweden (February, 2015)

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Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the situation around Russia’s Trade Representation office in Sweden

On September 3, the Supreme Court of Sweden ruled against Russia’s complaint regarding the legitimacy of the Swedish collection agency’ auction on the forced sale of the office and building of flats of the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Sweden, which is protected by diplomatic immunity, in Stockholm.

We consider Sweden’s action relative to Russian diplomatic property unauthorised and a violation of international law.

We expect that the Swedish officials will take appropriate measures to ensure the integrity, security and regular operations of the Russian Trade Representation according to Sweden’s obligation under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and will not provoke any further response relative to this incident.

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Oavkortad version av artikel av Ryska Federationens Ambassadör i Konungariket Sverige Igor Neverov för publicering i Dagens Industri

Frågan gällande finansiella yrkanden från den tyske affärsmannen mot Ryssland är ett enskilt kapitel som, uppriktigt sagt, inte skall vara föremål för rysk-svenska relationer. Ett par ord om ärendets historia.
Franz Sedelmayers verksamhet i Ryssland i början på 1990-talet misslyckades inte av en slump, utan på grund av att den ryska lagstiftningen inte efterlevdes. År 1992 slog Sankt Petersburgs skiljedomstol fast att registreringen av aktiebolaget ”Kamennij ostrov”, med Sedelmayer som en av delägarna, var ogiltig på grund av oegentligheter vid överföringen av kapital till dess fond. År 1996 nedlades aktiebolaget i överensstämmelse med lag genom beslut från Kollegiet för civila mål vid Sankt Peterburgs tingsrätt.
Konstigt nog gav Stockholms Handelskammares Skiljedomsinstitut sitt stöd för Sedelmayers yrkande mot Ryska Federationen rörande ersättningen för hans finansiella förluster fastän våra jurister pekar på beslutets obehörighet. Så det var ganska naturligt att den ryska sidan överklagade då detta beslut – med all respekt, skulle jag vilja understryka, för det svenska rättsväsendet. Därefter rullade igång för år framåt en rättshärva dock har detta, som vi ser, inte lett till något positivt. Några beslut skulle jag säga fattades till Rysslands fördel, men de flesta emot. Det är förresten förvånansvärt för vilken rättsexpert som helst att svenska domstolar beslutade både för och mot Ryska Federationen på ett och samma käromål med samma parter – detta motsvarar inte en vedertagen praxis.

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