Swiss President Ignazio Cassis stated Monday his nation has joined the worldwide group in implementing robust sanctions in opposition to Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, however that doesn’t imply it has deserted its conventional neutrality.
Cassis and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed in talks in Tokyo that Russia should be held accountable for assaults on Ukrainian civilians, Japan’s Foreign Ministry stated.
Kishida, in opening remarks at their assembly, stated Russia’s invasion undermines the inspiration of the worldwide order not solely in Europe but in addition in Asia. “Now is the time for the international society to unite more than ever,” he stated.
Cassis, who can also be international minister, stated at a separate information convention that Switzerland strongly denounces conflict and urged Russia to right away halt its invasion.
He stated Switzerland, which doesn’t belong to the European Union, totally backs EU sanctions in opposition to Russia and applied a fifth spherical of measures final week. But that doesn’t imply his nation has deserted its coverage of neutrality, he stated.
“Supplies of war material would not be compatible with neutrality. Participation in military alliances would not be compatible with neutrality. Using one’s own territory to transport or fly over war material to war would be incompatible with neutrality. On the other hand, condemning any action that strongly violates our values, which are in the constitution, that is compatible with neutrality,” he stated by a translator.
Japan additionally was fast in becoming a member of the United States and European Union in imposing sanctions in opposition to Russia as a result of Tokyo fears the impression of its invasion on East Asia, the place China has been more and more pushing its personal territorial claims.
Japan has frozen the property of lots of of Russian people and teams and banned new funding and commerce, together with exports of products that may very well be used for army functions. Japan additionally introduced plans to part out imports of Russian coal.
Cassis informed reporters that he understood by his talks with Japanese officers about Japan’s harsh safety setting. Japan is a neighbor of Russia and in addition faces the specter of North Korea’s missile and nuclear improvement, tensions with China and disputes over historical past with South Korea.