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Switzerland announces over 100 million euros aid package for Ukraine

Switzerland announces over 100 million euros aid package for Ukraine Swiss President Alain Berset (photo: Getty Images)

Switzerland will provide over 100 million euros in aid to Ukraine. The funds will be used for demining and food, states the Swiss president Alain Berset referring to a joint press conference with the presidents of Ukraine and Latvia, and the prime minister of Lithuania.

"We prioritize humanitarian demining in Ukraine, which has a direct impact on improving food security. We have decided to allocate a tax package worth 100 million Swiss francs (just over 103 million euros - ed.)," he said.

According to Berset, the funds will be allocated for the next few years.

"This will allow us to increase our involvement in the demining and supply aspects, as well as promote grain exports from Ukraine," he emphasized.

Switzerland's position on the war in Ukraine

Since 1815, Switzerland has been pursuing a policy of neutrality. Bern does not supply its weapons for warfare, does not provide other military assistance, and does not allow the re-export of its weapons to third countries. This also applies to the war in Ukraine.

Since February last year, Switzerland has provided Ukraine with only financial and humanitarian aid.

In May 2023, Bern took a step toward supplying Ukraine with weapons. However, amendments to the law on military equipment were blocked in the lower house of parliament.