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Swiss parliament blocks arms supplies to Ukraine
At the moment, the deputies of the Swiss Parliament put forward five proposals regarding the organization of the procedure for the re-export of Swiss weapons and ammunition.
The lower house of the Swiss Parliament (National Council) decided that permission to supply weapons to a belligerent country is possible only if the UN Security Council condemns an aggressive war against it. This was reported on Thursday, March 9, on the website of the Swiss Parliament.
“The Federal Council (Government of Switzerland – ed.) should be able, in exceptional cases, to allow the re-export of Swiss-made weapons if the UN Security Council condemns a war of aggression,” the statement said.
In practice, the UN Security Council cannot condemn the aggression against Ukraine, since Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, will block the adoption of any resolution that would condemn the war unleashed by it against Ukraine.
However, the vote of the National Council does not mean the end of the discussion on the export of Swiss-made weapons. It is known that at least four more proposals are under consideration in the country’s parliament regarding formats within which Switzerland, while remaining neutral, could allow the export and re-export of its military-industrial complex products even to countries involved in armed conflicts.
Among other things, an exception is being discussed in the framework of “Lex Ukraine”. The Security Policy Committee of the Council of Cantons is proposing to allow the government to limit the validity of non-re-export declarations to five years under certain conditions.
Recall, the Council of Cantons – the upper house of the Swiss Parliament, after many hours of debate, rejected the petition, which provided for the provision of Swiss-made weapons to Ukraine.
Earlier, the media wrote that Switzerland is considering helping Ukraine with Leopard tanks.
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