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June 3 (Reuters) – Switzerland reiterated on Friday it would not as a neutral state allow the re-export of Swiss arms to conflict zones but this did not include some Swiss-made elements that other international locations could use to make weapons.
Pressure has mounted on Switzerland to take a more active position helping Ukraine protect itself versus Russian invaders. The Bern government has vetoed Denmark’s request to mail Swiss-produced armoured personnel carriers to Ukraine, blocked re-export of Swiss-produced ammunition made use of in anti-aircraft tanks that Germany is sending to Ukraine, and rejected Poland’s ask for for arms to aid its neighbour resist Russia. browse extra
“Dependent on the export requirements described in the War Materiel Act and the basic principle of equivalent therapy under the regulation of neutrality, Switzerland simply cannot approve requests to transfer Swiss-made war materiel to Ukraine. Even so, deliveries of war materiel supplies in the form of individual elements or assembly deals can even now be made to European defence companies, even if these parts or deals will be used to deliver war materiel overseas that could later on be transferred to Ukraine,” the federal government said.
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It did permit two requests by Swiss providers to export specific elements and assembly offers to defence providers in Germany and Italy. One worried factors for hand-held anti-tank weapons, the other for anti-plane weapons parts.
“It has commonly been the Federal Council’s exercise to approve the export of personal elements and assembly offers if their share in the finish product’s price remains below a selected threshold (much less than 50% in the circumstance of Italy or Germany). The Federal Council has made the decision to go on this follow. Exports of this form are compatible with the legislation of neutrality,” it claimed.
Switzerland’s defence procurement place of work experienced previously stated it experienced specified the go-ahead for Germany to freely dispose of Leopard 2 tanks previously bought back to defence group Rheinmetall.
“Germany can freely dispose of Leopard 2 tanks presently offered again to the Rheinmetall enterprise twelve many years back, as there are no for a longer period any necessities below,” the procurement workplace stated.
“Mothballed Leopard 2 tanks will not be handed on to Poland this would call for a decommissioning and consequently a choice by parliament,” it extra.
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Reporting by Michael Shields Editing by David Gregorio
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