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Switzerland will abandon neutrality in case of Russian attack on NATO - President

Switzerland will abandon neutrality in case of Russian attack on NATO - President President of Switzerland Viola Amherd (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

In the event of a Russian attack, Switzerland intends to defend itself against the aggressor alongside its European partners in NATO, according to the President of the Swiss Confederation and Minister of Defense, Viola Amherd.

According to her, the initiative for air defense called the European Sky Shield includes a provision regarding neutrality.

"If Switzerland is attacked, the situation will change, and neutrality will no longer apply," Amherd said.

She added that in such a scenario, Switzerland would be able to "organize our defense with partners."

According to the Swiss president, as with any other defense system, there is hope that the defensive shield "will not be deployed." However, she asserts that cooperation would assist Switzerland in its defense.

Switzerland is participating in an initiative put forward by Germany last year, aimed at joint procurement, training, and information exchange, including radar data.

NATO prepares for possible escalations

Earlier, the head of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, said that the alliance needs transformation, and the West must prepare for an era where anything can happen at any time, including the onset of war.

His remarks come amid delays or restrictions in military aid to Ukraine from the United States and the European Union.

On January 16, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that wavering Western support for Kyiv and fears of escalation with Russia could prolong the war for years.