Switzerland to allocate CHF 1.5 bln for Ukraine recovery in 2025-2028 – president
Switzerland plans to allocate CHF 1.5 billion for the restoration of Ukraine in 2025-2028 within the framework of the international cooperation strategy, President of Switzerland Viola Amherd has said.
"Switzerland is seriously focused on recovery... The principles laid down at the Lugano conference serve as a political compass. Switzerland plans [to allocate] CHF 1.5 billion to support Ukraine for the period from 2025 to 2028 within the framework of the international cooperation strategy," she said at a joint press conference with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Bern on Monday.
Amherd also said she discussed with Zelenskyy the issues of humanitarian mine action in Ukraine and food security, taking into account the restrictions on Ukrainian grain and foodstuffs export through the Black Sea caused by Russian aggression.
"If such a large exporter as Ukraine produces less harvest and foodstuffs, this will have a big negative impact. In connection with this, we discussed the UN's efforts aimed at facilitating the unhindered export of foodstuffs and fertilizers from Ukraine through the Black Sea. Russia's decision to withdraw from the grain initiative poses a threat to worldwide food security," she said.
In turn, when asked what facilities would be restored at the expense of Switzerland's assistance, Zelenskyy said Ukraine needs to strengthen its energy system and build appropriate bomb shelters
"As you know, many representatives of the Swiss government have visited [Ukraine] more than once. They saw that thousands of Ukrainian schools, Ukrainian children are under the risk of missile attacks and attacks by ballistic missiles and Iranian-made drones. Therefore, the issues of bomb shelters, the issues of children's security are very important," he said.
The head of state recalled that "Ukraine has survived several blackouts, and it was very difficult. But we have become stronger this winter, and we should be strengthened."
"We need a decentralized energy system, and it should be safe. This also applies to water supply," Zelenskyy said.