Neutral Swiss rule out arms deliveries to Poland

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Blinken and Swiss President Cassis meet in Geneva
FILE PHOTO: President Ignazio Cassis and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not pictured) meet in Geneva, Switzerland January 21, 2022. Alex Brandon/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

March 21, 2022

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss neutrality rules out arms sales to Poland, Swiss President Ignazio Cassis said on Monday during a visit to Ukraine’s neighboring country.

“Poland’s first wish is actually arms deliveries. But that is incompatible with our neutrality. I explained that very clearly (to the Polish Prime Minister) Mateusz Morawiecki and he took note of it,” Cassis told Swiss broadcaster SRF.

“Then the Polish head of government naturally expects full support for the sanctions. I told him that not only have we fully supported them so far, we have gone even further,” he added.

Morawiecki said in Warsaw that Switzerland must block the accounts of Russian oligarchs in the country and confiscate their assets.

Switzerland has moved away from previous practice and introduced European Union sanctions aimed at punishing Russia for invading Ukraine.

(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Jonathan Oatis) Neutral Swiss rule out arms deliveries to Poland

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