Mrs Calmy-Rey and Mr Lavrov noted with satisfaction that the dialogue between the authorities of their two countries has strengthened considerably since the signing, in 2007, of a memorandum of understanding on deepening bilateral relations. They reviewed progress made in the discussions on the conclusion of a number of different agreements, in particular, the possibility of a revision of the agreement on the avoidance of double taxation between Switzerland and Russia.
In particular they analysed the current state of work in the areas of scientific cooperation, emergency cooperation, re-admission and visas. The possibility of a revision of the double taxation agreement between Switzerland and Russia was also discussed. The work carried out by Switzerland as the representative of Russian interests in Georgia, and the context of this work, was one of the main items of the discussions.
In addition, the two Foreign Ministers discussed security in Europe in the future, the role of the OSCE, and the continuation of international efforts in the field of arms control. Co-operation within the Council of Europe (of which Switzerland will take over the presidency in November 2009), the situation in the Southern Caucasus, and the question of world energy supplies were also subjects of their discussions.
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