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Macron began talks with Switzerland on re-exporting weapons to Ukraine

Nov 17, 2023

France is negotiating with Switzerland on the re-export of weapons to Ukraine.

This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Switzerland, Ukrinform reports.


Macron noted that he respects the neutral status of Switzerland and at the same time its clear diplomatic position of support for Ukraine.

"As for the debate that exists, it is not about exports, but about re-exports, and France is open to such cooperation," he said during a joint press conference with Swiss President Alain Berset, answering questions from journalists.

Macron voiced an optimistic outlook for the ongoing negotiations. According to the French president, they will allow to combine Switzerland's neutrality and its ability to re-export weapons.

"It (support for Ukraine - ed.) should not weaken, despite other conflicts, particularly in the Middle East. As we have long recognized, Russia should not win this war," Macron stated.

It should be reminded that Switzerland has been adhering to a policy of neutrality since 1815. At the same time, it has expressed support for Ukraine and provides humanitarian assistance. In May 2023, it was reported that Switzerland could not allow the re-export of arms to Ukraine, as the country had passed a law prohibiting such assistance.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to Switzerland to allow the re-export. In June 2023, the Council of the Cantons, the upper house of the Swiss parliament, approved the re-export of weapons to Ukraine.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 17/11/2023

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