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Swiss body proposes removing barriers to re-export arms to Ukraine

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A Swiss parliamentary group has proposed to lift a ban on reexporting ammunition from Ukraine from other countries.

With 14 votes in favor and 11 against, the recommendation was passed. It will now require approval by parliament.

"The majority of this commission believes that Switzerland should contribute to European security, which also includes more assistance to Ukraine," a Swiss parliament committee stated in a press release.

Appeals from Germany for Switzerland to allow it to reexport Swiss-made ammunition into Ukraine have been rejected by Switzerland before. This was because such a move would be against its neutrality. Bern has been under increasing pressure to reconsider its policies, as shown at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In its statement, the committee stated that their proposals were not in violation of Swiss neutrality rules because the arms would be sent via another country and not directly into a conflict zone.

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