Causes of the War of the Russian Invasion in Ukraine
The FDP wants to prepare for a “big security policy fire.”
The FDP outlines the demands of its security policy with a study. The army has to get more money and the goal is to adjust the stock. In addition, the FDP seeks closer cooperation with NATO.
FDP leader Thierry Burkert wants to strengthen the army.
Against the backdrop of the Russian attack on Ukraine and the potential escalation of this war, Switzerland should reconsider its security policy. The FDP demands it. It has prepared a study and called for a public discussion of the state of defense policy and the reorientation of the threat plan.
The FDP presented its study to the media in Bern on Tuesday. It requires a clear naming of the threat situation to be “conforming to firefighting,” she writes in the more than 100-page paper. A team of three is responsible for authorship, with party president Thierry Burkert.
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It has been said in the newspaper that the fire brigade is not only preparing for the fire in the houses, but is also preparing for the big fire. Accordingly, security policy should focus not on the most likely scenarios, but on the most dangerous. “From Switzerland’s point of view, the war in Central Europe is and will remain the biggest fire in security policy.”
close cooperation with NATO
In the eyes of the FDP, Switzerland must regain its ability to defend itself. Adjustments to the military structure and service model, more funding and closer cooperation with NATO are noted. Burkart had already presented demands in this direction at a meeting of delegates held in June.
The FDP wants to maintain Swiss neutrality. If Switzerland cooperates with NATO in the event of war, it must be done “in the context of neutrality and thus without joining the alliance”, the paper says. Interoperability with NATO should be the goal and Switzerland should participate in future defense alliance exercises “in all areas of operation”.
The FDP also has demands for the military: the militia doctrine should be taken seriously and not escalate into “genuine voluntary service,” she writes. The Army’s parent organization should “refocus on the defense mission” and the revised service model against this background.
adjust target stock
The FDP wants to eliminate the military’s target number of 100,000 members. The target number should now be based on a recruitment quota that does justice to the security status and number of years of enlistment and compulsory service. The military must recruit on a need-based basis, and recruiting must be “gender-neutral.”
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Accordingly, more resources should be made available to the army. FDP demands one percent of GDP. Parliament approved proposals in the summer to gradually increase military spending following the invasion of Ukraine. By 2030 it should be at one percent of GDP. (sda)