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Switzerland on Ukraine: We support the victims

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 25 November 2022

Swiss ambassador to Ukraine redefines its neutrality, how Switzerland is cracking down on the mafia, and more in our roundup of news from November 22 – 25.  

Switzerland on Ukraine: We support the victims

President Cassis shakes hands with Ukrainian President Zelensky in October. Switzerland’s continued support of Ukraine signals a step away from neutrality, according to Russian officials (Photo: Ignazio Cassis’ Twitter account).

Switzerland’s position on Ukraine: We support the victims

Switzerland supports the Ukrainian victims when it comes to the “illegal and illegitimate” Russian aggression against them, Swiss Ambassador to Ukraine Claude Wild said this week on public radio. When it comes to the complicated business of remaining neutral during this war, Wild said Switzerland is “not neutral,” but that the country has applied “neutrality law, that’s different.” Clarifying his statement, Wild added that Switzerland “does not join a military alliance, and does not send weapons to the conflict zone, even to support the victims,” but that when it comes to values, Switzerland is “clearly behind the Ukrainian position.” In the coming winter months, Switzerland will provide emergency supplies such as shelter, food, medicine and heating. Since the war began in late February, Switzerland has donated 900 tons of supplies to Ukraine. Read more.

Switzerland on Ukraine: We support the victims

Switzerland beat Cameroon in its opening World Cup 2022 match Thursday.

Why Swiss football star Embolo couldn’t celebrate his game-winning goal

The Swiss team beat Cameroon in their opening World Cup 2022 match Thursday. It was an emotional 1-0 win. Breel Embolo made the winning goal at the 48-minute mark, but he couldn’t bring himself to celebrate openly. Embolo grew up in Basel, but was born in Cameroon’s capital city of Yaoundé. He gained Swiss citizenship in 2014. The Swiss team’s coach Murat Yakin said after the match “I told Breel: ‘Cameroon are your friends but they are your opponents too.’ I’m happy with his performance.” He added that “football writes these stories.” Switzerland will next face off against Serbia on Friday, December 2nd. Read more.

Why Swiss Cities have banned public World Cup viewings

Switzerland, Italy to crack down on the mafia

Amidst rising incidents of mafia-related crime in Switzerland, Swiss Attorney General Stefan Blättler and Italian prosecutor Giovanni Melillo have established a permanent anti-mafia association. The two countries’ judicial systems will share information and meet regularly to fight against the mafia’s growing presence. “The goal of mafia organizations is to transform violence into material wealth, that’s why they come to Switzerland,” Melillo told Swiss public broadcaster RTS, adding that they are most concerned about “the growing ramification of the ‘Ndrangeta’ [Calabrian mafia] throughout Switzerland.” Members of the mafia are in every canton of Switzerland currently, according to federal police. Arrests have been made, but convictions are seldom. “What we need to do now is start more concrete investigations,” Blättler said. Read more.

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