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Switzerland does not send tanks – but gloves

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Help for Ukraine

Swiss army does not send tanks – but gloves

Because of its neutral status, Switzerland is not allowed to deliver weapons. Nevertheless, the Swiss army sends military material to Ukraine: gloves, blankets and socks.

Published: 01/26/2023 at 12:08 p.m


The Swiss army wants to equip Ukraine.

More and more European countries want to deliver tanks after Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64) announced that he would send 14 Leopard tanks to Ukraine. But Switzerland cannot send weapons. “A neutral state may export war material, but it must treat all warring parties equally,” says international law professor Evelyne Schmid from the University of Lausanne to Radio SRF. This means that Switzerland would then also have to deliver weapons to Russia. To help the people of Ukraine, Switzerland is now delivering 390 pallets full of winter gear.

The military material with cold protection clothing such as blankets, gloves and sweaters left the army logistics center in Othmarsingen on trucks on Wednesday. It should arrive in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in three days.

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