While a number of countries have been increasing political pressure on Moscow, especially regarding the recently emerged Skripal poisoning case, Switzerland tends to take a more considerate approach toward Russia.
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Swiss National Council Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter has called for abandoning anti-Russia sanctions, the Blick newspaper said on April 2.
“It’s better for us to abandon these sanctions for political as well as economic reasons,” the outlet says, citing Schneider-Schneiter.
She also supported the idea of restoring Russia’s rights at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The parliamentarian’s statement comes after it was reported that Switzerland won’t introduce any sanctions in regard to the Skripal case.
Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer, who also worked for UK intelligence, and his daughter Yulia have been in the hospital since March 4 due to exposure to what UK experts say is the A234 nerve agent.
The Salisbury District Hospital medical staff said that Yulia had come out of a coma, began talking and was recovering rapidly, while her father, former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, was still in a critical but stable condition.