Switzerland’s Federal Council rejects export request for Leopard 1A5 tanks destined for Ukraine

Source: Federal Council of Switzerland

On 28 June, Switzerland's Federal Council rejected a request from Ruag AG concerning the export of 96 Leopard 1A5 tanks destined for Ukraine as it is inconsistent with applicable law, the Council announced in the statement.

It has therefore given priority to Switzerland’s commitments as a neutral country and to the reliability of its application of the rule of law.

On 27 April, Ruag AG submitted an export request to SECO for the re-sale of 96 used and non-operational Leopard 1A5 tanks. The tanks are currently in storage in Italy and would require refurbishment in Germany before being re-exported to Ukraine.


“The Federal Council has concluded that the sale of the 96 tanks is not possible under the law as it stands. In particular, such a sale would contravene the War Materiel Act and would result in a shift from Switzerland’s policy of neutrality,” Switzerland’s Federal Council said in a statement.



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