Breach of official secrecy: EDA files criminal complaint because Cassis’ trip to Ukraine became known ahead of time

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breach of official secrecyThe EDA files a criminal complaint because Cassis’ trip to Ukraine became known in advance

On October 20, Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis visited Ukraine. Because the plans became public much earlier, the FDFA is now filing criminal charges against unknown persons.

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Foreign Minister and Federal President Ignazio Cassis visited Ukraine on October 20.

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Cassis met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky there.

Cassis met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky there.

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There was also a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

There was also a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

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Die Ukrainian trip foreign minister Ignatius Cassis made waves. During his October trip, he also met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “During my meeting with President Zelensky, I expressed my support for the Ukrainian people. We talked about humanitarian needs and Swiss aid to Ukraine on a bilateral and multilateral level,” the federal president said on Twitter.

As it is now known, the route should never have been made public. News “Le Temps” (paid article) writes that the Federal Office wanted to keep the president’s visit a secret so as not to endanger him and his delegation. Nevertheless, the travel plans were leaked to the media. The EDA confirms to “Le Temps” that it has now filed a complaint against unknown persons for a possible breach of official secrecy. The federal prosecutor’s office is leading the investigation.

Message in “Blick”

Visit of Ignatius Cassis v Ukraine has been in the works since the outbreak of the conflict in February. This under the strictest secrecy. No information was released about the places the delegation planned to visit. A: Only the day before the trip did the Federal President inform his colleagues in the Bundesrat. Shortly afterwards, it appeared in “Blick” message about it. Currently, there are no signs of a “leak” inside the federal government, writes “Le Temps”. After his return, the federal president warned FDFA employees in a letter against “potentially dangerous indiscretions”.

The visit went smoothly

The FDP politician stayed in Ukraine for 24 hours on October 20, 2022. In doing so, he met next to the president Volodymyr Selensky also Prime Minister Denys Chmygal and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. On the agenda were war, humanitarian needs and a plan for the reconstruction and development of the country. Following Ignazio Cassis’ trip, the federal government approved an additional CHF 100 million for humanitarian aid. His visit to Ukraine was uneventful.

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