Swiss body proposes removing barriers to re-export arms to Ukraine
The recommendation was passed by 14 in favor and 11 against and will require approval later by parliament.
“The majority of the commission considers that Switzerland should make a contribution to European security, which includes providing more aid to Ukraine,” a Swiss parliamentary committee said in a press release late Tuesday.
Switzerland has previously rejected appeals from Germany to allow it to re-export Swiss-made ammunition to Ukraine, saying such a move would violate its neutrality. But pressure was mounting for Bern to review its policies, including at the World Economic Forum it hosted in Davos last week.
The committee added in the statement that its proposals did not violate the rules of Swiss neutrality since the weapons pass through another country and not directly to a conflict zone.
(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Sandra Maler)