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Switzerland regulates arms deliveries to Russia and Ukraine — RT World News

The Alpine nation has banned arms deliveries to Moscow, with similar measures partially enforced in Kyiv

Switzerland has banned arms exports to Russia, a measure that will also apply in part to Ukraine, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) announced on Wednesday, citing the country’s position of neutrality. . However, he did not specify what partial restrictions have been put in place for Kyiv.

In a statement, the ministry said Bern had joined the latest EU sanctions package against Moscow, which was adopted by the bloc in early October.

In addition to these restrictions, Switzerland has imposed an arms embargo on Russia, which “is partly extended to Ukraine for reasons of Swiss neutrality.” The arms embargoes had been imposed on the basis of Swiss laws on the control of war material and goods, but now the measures have been “explicitly included in the regulation in relation to the situation in Ukraine”, reads the SECO statement.

The EU’s eighth sanctions package includes a legal basis for imposing a price cap on Russian oil, as well as restrictions on steel products, aerospace goods and other items, which are economically important to Russia.

The principle of neutrality is one of the cornerstones of Switzerland’s foreign policy, which means that it cannot get involved in a conflict and cannot support any party militarily. As a result, Swiss President Ignazio Cassis last week signaled that his country would not send arms to Ukraine or participate directly or indirectly in armed conflicts despite outside pressure.

However, while in June the national authorities refused to authorize third countries to deliver war material of Swiss origin to Kyiv, they declared that shipments of military equipment containing parts made in Switzerland to companies of European armaments”must remain possible, even if they can end up in Ukraine.

In August, Russia said that after Switzerland joined the anti-Russian sanctions, it “had lost its neutrality”, which makes the Alpine country unfit to act as a mediator representing Ukraine’s diplomatic interests in Russia.

In October, however, the Swiss Federal Council insisted that Bern had not broken with its tradition of neutrality by imposing sanctions on Russia, arguing that the restrictions were in line with the country’s long-standing policy.

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