15.06.2012 - Swedish trade minister - perspective on commerce with Russia
To hear Sweden's perspective on commerce with the world's biggest country, The Moscow Times met in July 2011 with Ewa Bjorling (EB), Sweden's minister for trade. Reporter Alec Luhn interviewed her in Stockholm's Ministry for Foreign Affairs just after Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov had paid a visit to Stockholm and held a news conference with Bjorling. That was within the framework of the Swedish-Russian Steering Committee, an economic cooperation group for government ministers of the two countries.
As planned, the ministers discussed Swedish efforts to assist Russia with its energy modernization and energy efficiency. Also during the visit, RIA-Novosti reported, Ivanov said European tourists arriving in Russia via a new ferry service — running between Stockholm and St. Petersburg and launched April 4 — can stay in Russia without a visa for 72 hours. In an interview in English, Bjorling discussed both energy and travel, as well as customs, corruption and commerce...
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Source: The Moscow Times