Russia reportedly turns down a Switzerland offer to represent Ukraine’s interests in Moscow, saying it no longer considers it to be a neutral country on account of its imposing sanctions over the war in Ukraine.
The rejection came a day after Bern and Kyiv agreed on a mandate for Switzerland to represent Ukrainian interests in Russia, which invaded its neighbour in late February.
Meanwhile, Britain’s head of military intelligence, Lt Gen Sir Jim Hockenhull, tells the BBC neither Russia nor Ukraine is likely to achieve any decisive military action in Ukraine this year.
Speaking in a rare public interview, Lt Gen Sir Jim Hockenhull also said he had been keeping a very close eye on Russia’s potential use of nuclear weapons.
Gen Hockenhull says the strength of Western unity and Ukrainian resistance have surpassed expectations.
He says Russia is clearly trying to generate more forces after suffering significant losses.