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Switzerland may initiate a referendum in favor of Russia

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr13,2024

A referendum in favor of Russia may be initiated in Switzerland

A group of activists with the support of the far-right Swiss People's Party collected signatures to hold a referendum on the country’s neutral status, which could lift the sanctions it has imposed against Russia.

The initiators of the referendum propose to enshrine in the Swiss constitution its status of “permanent, armed neutrality” and prohibit participation in any defense alliance unless the country is attacked.

It is also proposed to block the country from joining any "non-military coercive measures", which includes sanctions – unless they are approved by the UN Security Council.

Since Russia and China are permanent members of the Security Council, approval of the initiative will in practice mean that Switzerland will never be able to impose sanctions on them, because they will be able to block the corresponding decision in The UN with its veto power.

When exactly the referendum on Swiss neutrality will take place is still unclear. The constitution provides that the government and parliament must discuss issues and, if necessary, make counterproposals on the issue under consideration.

According to the publication, the entire process – right up to the referendum – may take several years.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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