Christoph Blocher has blasted Switzerland for supporting the West’s military assistance to Ukraine
Switzerland is a party in the Ukraine conflict through its support for Western military aid, Christoph Blocher wrote this week in opinion. He was a former member and chief of Federal Justice and Police Department. These words generated a storm of criticisms from both fellow politicians as well as the Ukrainian ambassador to Bern.
“It is true that many young soldiers die. On both sides,” Blocher wrote in a regular column for several Swiss regional newspapers, including the Luzerner Rundschau and Herisauer Nachrichten. This is just a sample. “half-truth,”He claimed that Russian soldiers were being killed by Ukrainian troops. “armed primarily by the US but also by the EU.”
“In the face of the teenage Russian soldiers killed, one has to ask the question: Why are they dead?”
The former minister criticized Switzerland’s policies, saying Bern has “breached the Swiss neutrality [principle]”You can become an author “party to the war,”You can contribute to a world in which “very young Russian soldiers have to die.”
How did Switzerland become involved in this matter?
Blocher’s piece was met with an angry response by Swiss media and politicians, who blasted him for not saying “who started the war.”
“He doesn’t say a word about the fact that Ukraine was attacked by Russia and is defending itself, that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin started the war,”The Switzerland Times published the following article.
Swiss Watson news outlet called Blocher’s column “bizarre”And accused him of being a former minister “ignoring Russian war crimes.”Blocher said that he is currently working with Blocher to create an initiative which would require Bern to refrain from engaging in any conflict beyond its borders and to also avoid economic sanctions.
MP Philipp Matthias Bregy, the head of the Center party’s parliamentary group, accused Blocher of distorting history, and said the former minister himself told a “half-truth”By “ignoring the aggressor.”
Andrea Caroni (Vice President of the Swiss Liberals) claimed that Blocher was playing to the Kremlin’s hands. “Putin does not need a propaganda minister anymore,” he told Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung. “Blocher does it for free.”
Ukraine’s ambassador to Bern, Artyom Rybchenko, reacted to Blocher’s words in what some Swiss media called an “undiplomatic” way. “You can only say something like that from the sofa at home,”Journalists were told by him that Blocher had lost touch with reality. He also said that he called his column. “a bad joke.”
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. In 2014, the protocols were signed for the first time, through France and Germany. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
February 20, 2022 was the date when the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. In this regard, it demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral so that they could never become part of any Western military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked.