Switzerland to provide Ukraine with 100 tons of humanitarian aid
Switzerland will send a new batch of humanitarian aid to Ukraine
Rubryka reports, citing the statement of the country's president, Ignazio Cassis, on Twitter.
"More humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
Switzerland is sending 100 tonnes of supplies this week, including medical & firefighting equipment provided by the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport," Cassis noted in his statement.
More humanitarian aid for #Ukraine 🇺🇦 #Switzerland 🇨🇭 is sending 100 tonnes of supplies this week, including medical & firefighting equipment provided by @vbs_ddps. Proud of our @SwissDevCoop staff for organising the delivery of 5,300 tonnes of relief goods since March 🙏 pic.twitter.com/v9FVUbIRCy
— Ignazio Cassis (@ignaziocassis) August 10, 2022
As the president emphasized, the country has already sent 5.3 thousand tons of humanitarian aid to Ukraine since March.
To recap, Ukraine and Switzerland concluded negotiations on the possibility of Switzerland representing Ukrainian interests in russia after severing diplomatic relations.
"Ukraine asked Switzerland to take over its patronage mandate in russia. The relevant negotiations have been completed. For the patronage mandate to enter into force, russia's consent is still needed," Head of Media at Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Michael Steiner, commented.
A Swiss representative recalled that the country actively offered its "good services" at the beginning of the war, including a platform for negotiations and professional support.
However, the russian foreign ministry said that the Kremlin had no contacts with the official authorities of Switzerland and was not ready to consider proposals for mediation in negotiations with Ukraine from countries that have joined all seven packages of anti-russian sanctions.
In June, Swiss President Ignatius Cassis said that the Ukrainian side had asked Switzerland to help provide consular services for Ukrainians in Russia.
As Rubryka reported, Switzerland joined the EU's latest seventh sanctions package against russia.
"Given russia's ongoing military aggression in Ukraine, the Federal Council introduced additional sanctions against russia on August 3 following the latest EU sanctions on gold and gold products. The measures will take effect at 18:00 on August 3," the Swiss Federal Council announced.
As Rubryka reported, Switzerland hosted the international Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano jointly with Ukraine. Initially, the Lugano conference was planned as the 5th Ukraine Reform Conference. Amid russia's full-scale war against Ukraine since February 24, 2022, Ukraine and Switzerland decided to proceed with the organization of the conference but to refocus the priorities on a topic that is more relevant to Ukraine in the current situation.