Criticism of a Swiss politician's attitude toward Ukraine

Switzerland was condemned by Christoph Blocher for endorsing the West's military aid to Ukraine.



The former head of the Federal Justice and Police Department and former member of the Swiss Federal Council who claimed that by supporting Western military aid to Kyiv, Switzerland had become a participant in the crisis in Ukraine sparked a firestorm of condemnation.


Christoph Blocher, a politician, and businessman stated in a widely read column: "Many young soldiers indeed die criticized. in both directions.


However, he claimed that this is only a "half-truth," asserting that Ukrainian troops who are "mainly armed by the US but also by the EU" are killing Russian soldiers.


"One has to ask why the young Russian soldiers died in the face of their deaths?"


Fellow MPs and the Ukrainian ambassador in Bern reacted angrily to his remarks.


The former minister attacked Switzerland's actions, alleging that Bern had "breached the Swiss neutrality [concept]" and had joined the conflict, causing "very young Russian soldiers to perish."


Swiss media and politicians reacted angrily to Blocher's article and criticised him for not stating "who initiated the war."


The Switzerland Times reported that he "does not utter a word about the reality that Ukraine was attacked by Russia and is defending itself, that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin launched the war."


Blocher's editorial was dubbed "bizarre" by the Swiss Watson news site, which also charged the former minister with "ignor[ing] Russian war atrocities." According to the source, Blocher is presently working on a proposal that would oblige Bern to refrain not only from taking part in wars fought outside of its borders but also from applying economic penalties in such circumstances.


Blocher was accused of fabricating events by Center party lawmaker Philipp Matthias Bregy, who also said that the former minister himself told a "half-truth" by "ignoring the attacker."


Blocher is allegedly aiding the Kremlin, according to Andrea Caroni, vice president of the Swiss Liberals. According to him, Putin no longer needs a minister of propaganda, according to the Swiss publication Sonntagszeitung. "Blocher does it without charge."


Artyom Rybchenko, the Ukrainian ambassador to Bern, responded to Blocher's remarks in a manner that some Swiss media have referred to as "undiplomatic." He told reporters, "You can only say something like that from the sofa at home," adding that Blocher had lost his sense of reality and describing his piece as "a poor joke."


On February 24, Russia dispatched soldiers into Ukraine, blaming Kyiv for failing to carry out the Minsk agreements, which were meant to grant the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols were initially signed in 2014 and were mediated by Germany and France. Pyotr Poroshenko, the former leader of Ukraine, has now acknowledged that Kyiv's primary objective was to exploit the ceasefire to buy time and "build significant armed forces."


The Donbas republics were recognized as separate entities by the Kremlin in February 2022, and Ukraine was required to formally announce its neutrality and its refusal to ally with any Western military alliance. Kyiv maintains that there was no cause for the Russian offensive.


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