Session of the Swiss Parliament in Bern. Illustrative photo.
Bern – The Lower Chamber of the Swiss Parliament today, citing the state's neutrality, rejected a proposal that would allow third countries to export Swiss weapons and ammunition to Ukraine. Germany and other countries requested the Alpine country to re-export military equipment produced in Switzerland. The DPA agency informed about it.
Current legislation in Switzerland prohibits the supply of weapons and ammunition to countries involved in international conflict. A proposal rejected by the Swiss National Council today would allow re-exports on the condition that the UN General Assembly declares the conflict a war of aggression, as it did in the case of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Currently, Switzerland can only agree to re-export if a UN Security Council resolution designates the conflict as an aggressive war. According to DPA, Swiss Minister of Economy Guy Parmelin admitted that this is impossible in the event of a war in Ukraine.
The Danish government unsuccessfully asked Switzerland for permission to hand over 20 decommissioned Piranha infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine. Likewise, Germany cannot supply a country attacked by Russia with 12,000 rounds for its Gepard anti-aircraft systems. Kyiv will not even receive two anti-aircraft guns of caliber 35 millimeters that Spain wanted to deliver, wrote the server Nau.ch
Last week, Germany asked Switzerland to buy preserved Leopard 2 tanks, which would serve as a replacement for the machines provided to Ukraine. According to the Swiss Minister of Defense Viola Amherdová, the Czech Republic also addressed a similar request to Bern. In this matter too, the Swiss parliament shows no signs of being willing to approve the buyout.