Geneva: Swiss exports to Russia have dropped solely barely regardless of the sanctions imposed by Bern, with pharmaceutical exports hovering to document ranges, a report mentioned Sunday.
Switzerland has matched the ten rounds of ever-tightening sanctions imposed by the European Union for the reason that Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Although Swiss commerce with Russia has come to a standstill in lots of key sectors, notably machines and watches, pharmaceutical exports are at a document excessive, the Neue Zurcher Zeitung am Sonntag newspaper mentioned after analysing figures from the Federal Workplace for Customs and Border Safety.
Medicines are thought-about humanitarian items and are exempt from sanctions.
Switzerland exported items price 2.9 billion Swiss francs ($3.2 billion) to Russia between March 2022 and February 2023.
That’s down from the three.5 billion Swiss francs within the previous 12 months, however exports have solely exceeded 2.9 billion francs thrice lately, the NZZ am Sonntag mentioned.
“Given the lengthy record of products that may now not be shipped to the warring nation, the influence appears soberingly small,” the weekly mentioned.
– Neutrality – Pharmaceutical exports have spiked by about 40 %, from round 1.4 billion Swiss francs to round two billion francs for the reason that invasion, and now account for a few third of all Swiss exports to Russia.
The NZZ am Sonntag quoted Novartis as saying: “Gross sales in Russia have been pushed by quite a few elements, together with the inflow of sufferers who had delayed medical therapy because of the pandemic.”
“One issue was the stockpiling by sufferers and hospitals in anticipation of potential bottlenecks,” the corporate added, concerning the battle.
Regardless of honouring EU sanctions on Russia, landlocked Switzerland’s long-standing navy place is one in all well-armed, strict neutrality.
However the problem has been hotly debated since full-scale warfare returned to Europe.
Regardless of strain from Kyiv and its allies, Switzerland has up to now refused to permit nations that maintain Swiss-made weaponry to re-export it to Ukraine.