Christoph Blocher has blasted Switzerland for supporting the West’s army help to Ukraine
Switzerland has made itself a celebration to the battle in Ukraine by supporting the Western army assist to Kiev, Christoph Blocher, a former member of the Swiss Federal Council and ex-head of the Federal Justice and Police Division, wrote in an opinion piece this week. His phrases provoked a wave of criticism from fellow politicians and the Ukrainian ambassador in Bern.
“It’s true that many younger troopers die. On either side,” Blocher wrote in a daily column for a number of Swiss regional newspapers, together with the Luzerner Rundschau and Herisauer Nachrichten. Nonetheless, that is solely a “half-truth,” he mentioned, arguing that Russian troopers are being killed by Ukrainian troops who’re “armed primarily by the US but additionally by the EU.”
“Within the face of the teenage Russian troopers killed, one has to ask the query: Why are they lifeless?”
The previous minister criticized Switzerland’s insurance policies, saying Bern has “breached the Swiss neutrality [principle]” and turn into a “get together to the battle,” contributing to a state of affairs wherein “very younger Russian troopers must die.”
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Blocher’s piece was met with an indignant response by Swiss media and politicians, who blasted him for not saying “who began the battle.”
“He doesn’t say a phrase about the truth that Ukraine was attacked by Russia and is defending itself, that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin began the battle,” the Switzerland Occasions wrote.
Swiss Watson information outlet referred to as Blocher’s column “weird” and accused the previous minister of “ignoring Russian battle crimes.” Based on the outlet, Blocher is at present engaged on an initiative that might compel Bern to not solely chorus from collaborating in conflicts outdoors of its territory, however keep away from imposing financial sanctions in such circumstances as properly.
MP Philipp Matthias Bregy, the pinnacle of the Heart get together’s parliamentary group, accused Blocher of distorting historical past, and mentioned the previous minister himself advised a “half-truth” by “ignoring the aggressor.”
Andrea Caroni, the vp of the Swiss Liberals, claimed Blocher is enjoying into the palms of the Kremlin. “Putin doesn’t want a propaganda minister anymore,” he advised Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung. “Blocher does it totally free.”
Ukraine’s ambassador to Bern, Artyom Rybchenko, reacted to Blocher’s phrases in what some Swiss media referred to as an “undiplomatic” approach. “You’ll be able to solely say one thing like that from the couch at residence,” he advised journalists, including that Blocher had misplaced contact with actuality, and calling his column “a foul joke.”
Russia despatched troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to present the areas of Donetsk and Lugansk particular standing throughout the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, had been first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s fundamental aim was to make use of the ceasefire to purchase time and “create highly effective armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics as impartial states and demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a impartial nation that may by no means be part of any Western army bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was fully unprovoked.