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Swiss parliament wants to allow indirect arms supplies to Ukraine

Jun 18, 2024

The Security Policy Committee of the Swiss National Council, the lower house of parliament, has approved a proposal that would allow indirect arms exports to Ukraine.

This was reported by Blick.

The proposal to approve amendments to the Swiss Arms Export Act, which would allow indirect arms supplies to Ukraine, was supported by 10 members of the parliamentary committee, the same number spoke against it, and four abstained.


The decisive vote was cast by the committee's chairperson, Social Democratic Party representative Seiler Graf. At a press conference, she said that the majority of committee members wanted to amend the current law that prevents the re-export of weapons to Ukraine.

The relevant bill will now be submitted to the Swiss National Council, but it is not known whether there will be enough votes to pass it. In addition, the upper house, the Council of Cantons, must approve it.

If approved, countries such as Germany, Denmark, and Spain will be allowed to transfer Swiss weapons to Ukraine in the future.

Author - Olena Madiak, 18/06/2024

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