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1 Mar 2022

Author:
Michael Shields,
Author:
Silke Koltrowitz,
Author:
Reuters

Switzerland joins EU sanctions against Russia despite neutral status since 1815

Neutral Swiss join EU sanctions against Russia in break with past, 28 February 2022

Switzerland will adopt all the sanctions that the European Union has imposed on Russian people and companies and freeze their assets to punish the invasion of Ukraine, the government said in a sharp deviation from the country's traditional neutrality.

"We are in an extraordinary situation where extraordinary measures could be decided," President and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis told a news conference in Bern...

Only history would tell if such a move could happen again, he said. Swiss neutrality remained intact but "of course we stand on the side of Western values," he added...

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