Switzerland and Russia have maintained diplomatic relations for 200 years. In recent years, diplomatic relations have become significantly closer. There are regular meetings at various official levels. In 2009, the then Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, paid the first visit by a Russian head of state to Switzerland.
Press release, 21.9.2009
Russia is the world's largest country by land mass as well as a significant global player. It is a member of the UN Security Council, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the WTO. In 2014, Russia chairs the G8, and is also a member of the G20, the BRICS (the club of the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations).
In 2006, Switzerland opened a consulate general in St Petersburg, and in 2007 and 2009 Russian honorary consulates were established in Zurich and Lausanne.
In 2014, Switzerland was present in the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.