Switzerland has opened the accreditation of journalists for the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden in Geneva on June 16. This was announced on Wednesday by the Federal Department (Ministry) of Foreign Affairs.
“The official accreditation procedure is now open,” the statement said. The deadline for applying is 10: 00 local time on June 11.
Journalists are asked to fill out an accreditation form. It is emphasized that the press center will be open from 14: 00 on June 14 to noon on June 17. As the official representative of the Swiss mission to the UN headquarters in Geneva, Paola Cerezetti, told Free News earlier, it has not yet been decided where exactly the press center will be located.
The Swiss Foreign Ministry said in a statement that journalists requesting accreditation for the Russia-US summit in Geneva on June 16 will have to meet the sanitary requirements set by the Swiss authorities. In particular, they are asked to present proof of vaccination against coronavirus, a certificate of a negative PCR test, or about a patient who has been ill with COVID-19. Vaccinations with Russian vaccines will not give journalists access to accreditation, but they can provide a certificate about a PCR test, testing for antibodies, Serezetti said. She explained that Russian vaccines currently have not received official certification in Switzerland and the European Medicines Agency, and are not among the drugs recommended by the World Health Organization for emergency use. Therefore, the Swiss legislation does not allow recognition of the vaccination with Russian vaccines.