Switzerland says sanctions against Russia violate constitution
The sanctions adopted against Russia contradict the Swiss constitution, where its neutrality is spelled out, the Democratic Union of the Center (UDC) party of the Swiss parliament said
Switzerland joins EU sanctions against Russia are contrary to its constitution, because it violates the neutrality of the country, said the press secretary of the Swiss parliament party “Democratic Union of the Center” (UDC) Andrea Somer, RIA Novosti reports.
“The imposition of sanctions violates the neutrality of the country and, consequently, its constitution. The Constitution states that Switzerland is neutral. We are against sanctions»,— she said.
The UDC is called the Swiss People's Party in German. (SVP). She holds more than a quarter of the seats in parliament, and also has six out of 46 seats in the Senate. Of the seven ministers in the government, two are representatives of the UDC.
On August 3, Switzerland joined the seventh package of EU sanctions against Russia, which includes an embargo on the supply of gold, and also involves freezing the assets of Sberbank. At the end of July, the Swiss authorities added 54 individuals and nine entities to the sanctions list. “Thus, the list of persons and organizations subject to Swiss sanctions in connection with the situation in Ukraine is fully consistent with the EU list,” — noted in the Swiss government.
They emphasized that none of the introduced measures “is directed against trade in agricultural and food products between third countries and Russia.” The Swiss government added that, like the European Union, they made exceptions for operations related to such products and the transportation of oil to third countries.
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