Swiss President Ignazio Cassis said Monday his country has now joined the international community in imposing tough sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said that Cassis and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have agreed in talks in Tokyo that Russia must be held accountable for attacks on Ukrainian civilians.
Cassis Swiserland’s Prime Minister and foreign minister have said that Switzerland strongly denounces the war and urges Russia to halt its invasion immediately. He has said that “Supplies of war material would not be compatible with neutrality. Participation in military alliances would not be compatible with neutrality. Using one’s territory to transport or to fly over war material to the war would be incompatible with neutrality. On the other hand, condemning any action that strongly violates our values, which are in the condemning any action that strongly violates our values, which are in the constitution, that is compatible with neutrality.”
While Japan was also quick in joining hands with the United States and the European Union in imposing sanctions against Russia, Japan has already frozen the assets of hundreds of Russian individuals and groups and has banned new investment and trade, including exports of goods that could be used for military purposes. Japan has also announced its plans to phase out the imports of Russian coal.
It is important to see whether it will impact Russia’s economy.