Switzerland Breaks Neutral Status to Sanction Russia over Ukraine Invasion

In a statement on Monday, Switzerland’s Federal Council said it would adopt sanctions against Russia effective immediately. The measures, it said, would match those of the European Union, of which Switzerland is not a member.

The sanctions package targets various Russian companies and individuals and involves freezing the personal assets of President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The council said it would also close its airspace to all flights from Russia and “all movements of aircraft with Russian markings,” bar people close to Putin from entering Switzerland, and send relief supplies to Poland to help with settling Ukrainian refugees.

“Switzerland reaffirms its solidarity with Ukraine and its people,” the statement said.

The US, the UK, and the EU imposed sanctions on Russian companies and individuals after Putin ordered troops into Ukraine last week.

Putin on Sunday put Russia’s nuclear-deterrent forces on high alert, saying that was a response to “illegitimate Western sanctions.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — the biggest conflict in Europe since World War II — has prompted many historically neutral countries in the West to impose sanctions or send weapons.

Sweden said on Sunday that it was sending military aid, including anti-tank weapons, to Ukraine, breaking its decades-long tradition of not sending weapons to countries in armed conflict. The last time Sweden did so was in 1939, when the Soviet Union invaded Finland, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told reporters.

Also on Sunday, the EU announced plans to purchase and deliver weapons to Ukraine, marking the first time the bloc has ever bought and sent weapons to a country under attack.

5 comments

  • Kudos to the Swiss and their comprehension.

  • The Swiss??? WOW!!!

  • When satanic forces are at work doing their master’s dirt, no one in the free WORLD is safe, nor will they ever be again—in the 20th Century these creeps murdered their own citizens —66 Million in Russia’s GULAG alone–and then there is the BAMBOO CURTAIN where the number of Chinese murdered can only be estimated; but, well over 100 Million.

  • If PM Putin is staging a “Nuclear Alert” in order to object to the world condemation of his aggressive invation of another country, then he better be able back up his bark.

  • I don’t believe Russia’s dictator, ‘er premier was planning on this much blowback regarding his ‘simple’ plan to overrun and conquer a neighboring country. Perhaps former U.S. secretary of state and U.S. diplomat Ms. Condoleezza Rice summed up Mr. Putin the best when she called him delusional and erratic, and she can speak with some authority, having dealt directly with the man during her tenure as secretary. To add credence to her comments, the lunatic Putin has brought the threat of nuclear arms into the discussion.

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