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Switzerland has adopted additional sanctions towards Russia in step with the European Union’s newest package deal of sanctions, the Swiss Federal Council introduced on Friday.

“The Federal Council choice of 25 March implies that Switzerland stays in step with the measures imposed by the EU on 9 and 15 March in response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. On 16 March, Switzerland had already adopted the prolonged listing of individuals and entities topic to monetary sanctions imposed by the EU,” in keeping with an announcement from the council.

Switzerland has imposed bans associated to the power and monetary sectors, plus coping with luxurious, iron and metal items, the assertion mentioned.

“The export of products and associated providers for the Russian power sector is now prohibited. Additionally prohibited is the participation in companies energetic within the power sector and the supply of loans or different monetary assets to such companies,” the assertion learn.

“A ban is launched on the import of iron and metal items from Russia, or originating in Russia, in addition to a ban on the export of luxurious items and maritime navigation items to Russia. Within the monetary sector, transactions with sure state-owned firms and the supply of credit standing providers are prohibited,” it additionally mentioned.

Nonetheless, the Federal Council famous it had determined to permit “sure exceptions from the monetary sanctions for humanitarian functions,” saying it might “ease” enterprise relationships “mandatory for the work of humanitarian organizations.”

The council additionally mentioned it had taken the choice to not implement the EU measure of suspending the broadcasting of contents from some Russian media retailers, “specifically Sputnik and Russia Immediately.”

“Even supposing these retailers are used to unfold focused propaganda and disinformation by the Russian Federation, the Federal Council is of the opinion that it’s more practical to counter unfaithful and dangerous statements with info as a substitute of stopping them from being broadcast,” the council mentioned.

Switzerland first broke with its custom of neutrality in early March.

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