Is Russia threatening Switzerland?

by Professor Dr Albert A. Stahel

Little is known in Europe that Switzerland maintained good relations with Russia for centuries. This included various personal contacts. The first admiral of Peter I., the Great (1672–1725), was Francois Jacques Le Fort (1656–1699) from Geneva, Generalissimus Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov (1730–1800) tried to free the Swiss Confederation from the French yoke with his campaign in the Swiss Alps in 1799, the Vaudois Frédéric-César de La Harpe (1754–1838) was the educator of Zarewitsch Alexander and his brother at the Tsar’s court, Tsar Alexander I. (1777–1825) turned against the intentions of the Austrian Chancellor Klemens Fürst von Metternich (1773–1859) to divide Switzerland, General Antoine-Henri Jomini (1779–1869) was a military advisor to various tsars, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, called Lenin (1870–1924), was in exile in Switzerland before 1917. Today, economic relations between Russia and Switzerland are sound. Only the Soviet dictator Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (1878–1953) demanded in 1945 from the Western powers that they lead one of their directions via Switzerland against the Third Reich. This was rejected by General Eisenhower. As a Georgian, Stalin was not a Russian. Switzerland was never threatened by Russia and the Russians. On the contrary, Switzerland owes its existence to Tsar Alexander I in particular.    •

Source: Institute for Strategic Studies from 28 May 2019

(Translation Current Concerns)

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