Neutral countries break with tradition on Ukraine

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has drawn criticism from world leaders. It is even pushing traditionally neutral countries to back down.

Switzerland, long known for its neutrality, announced that it was imposing sanctions on Russian individuals and companies. It also freezes the assets of President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Swiss President Ignazio Cassis said the invasion is immoral and unacceptable in terms of international law and politics. He said his government had decided on the measures “with conviction”.

Finnish leaders are also breaking with history. They have long resisted supplying weapons that could be used in war zones. However, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said they would send arms and ammunition to Ukraine.

Japanese lawmakers have demanded that the attacks stop immediately. Members of the Lower House of the Diet passed a resolution calling on the Russians to stand down.

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio added his criticism during a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron. He later said that the entire international community, including Asia, should join with Europe in taking seriously that the status quo should not be allowed to be changed by force. .

He added that he would continue his efforts to find a diplomatic solution.

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