In the Swiss government, the decision is explained by the principle of equal treatment in the law on neutrality.
Switzerland again rejected a German request for permission to re-export Swiss-made munitions to Ukraine.
According to the Voice of America , the government said that such a move would violate the neutrality of Switzerland, so the approval of the transfer of Swiss military equipment by Germany to Ukraine is still impossible.
It is noted that last month, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht asked the government in Bern for permission to supply 12,400 Swiss-made shells for Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, which Berlin has already supplied to Ukraine to help in the war with Russia.
But Swiss Economy Minister Guy Parmelin responded in the same way that the Swiss government did in June when it rejected an earlier request.
“According to the principle of equal treatment in the law on neutrality, Switzerland cannot agree to a request for the transfer of military equipment of Swiss origin to Ukraine while the latter is participating in an international armed conflict,” the government said.
“Since the legal situation has not changed, the approval of the transfer of Swiss military equipment by Germany to Ukraine is still impossible,” the government says.
The 35mm shells were supplied by Swiss companies to the German army decades ago on the condition that they could not re-export the ammunition without Swiss permission.
On the website of the German government, in the section on military assistance, it is reported that as of now, among other things, 30 GEPARD self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, including about 6,000 ammunition for them, have been transferred to Ukraine.
What is Gepard
Gepard is a German anti-aircraft self-propelled artillery mount manufactured by Krauss-Maffei in cooperation with other enterprises. Designed to protect armored columns on the march and stationary objects from attacks from helicopters and aircraft at low and ultra-low altitudes day and night in all weather conditions and in conditions of intense enemy electronic countermeasures.