President of Switzerland’s RUAG defense concern comments on joining NATO

19.08.2023, Bern.

Switzerland will have to decide whether to join NATO, Nicolas Perrin, president of Swiss state defense group RUAG, said, SWI Swissinfo wrote on August 19.

According to Perrin, RUAG will increasingly service weapons systems linked to those of NATO countries.

In his opinion, the independent production of weapons and ammunition is not viable for the local military industry. The Swiss market is too small. The export laws are too strict. Independent production would only make sense if every part were produced domestically.

“You can buy military industry products, such as ammunition, abroad and store them and maintain them in Switzerland in case of an emergency,” he said.

The question of neutrality and how to interpret it will become increasingly important. Perrin was silent on whether he personally supports Switzerland joining NATO, saying, “It’s a political question.”

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency