The United States prevented Switzerland to save the fleet due to the sanctions against Russia, media reported

© Fotolia / Santosha57Вид to Geneva, Switzerland. Archival photoThe United States prevented Switzerland to save the fleet due to the sanctions against Russia, media reported© Fotolia / Santosha57

USA in 2016 prevented Switzerland to conduct a transaction on the sale of 12 ships of his fleet Estonian businessman because of his alleged ties with Russia, said on Wednesday the Swiss newspaper Aargaurer Zeitung.

According to the publication, in November 2016, the Swiss shipping company Enzian Shipping AG, which owns 4 tankers-chemical carriers products and 8 cargo ships of the Confederacy, owned by Hans-jürg, Grundau, had to be sold to a businessman from Estonia Timo the SAS and renamed the TS AG Investor. Together with a company that was bankrupt, the SAS would have passed her debts for 12 ships.

All the contracts were signed, and the Federal government headed by President Johann Schneider-Ammann is extremely interested in saving the Swiss fleet. But the deal was cancelled. According to the newspaper, it happened because of the relationships of SAS with Russia, including through offshore companies «Gazpromneft», which is reflected in the infamous «Panama records». The publication notes that the deal interfered with the US, which has warned Switzerland about the SAS and Byrne was forced to withdraw the contract.

Aargaurer Zeitung notes that, in the case of the sale of the SAS, the Swiss fleet and nominally a Swiss company could be used of the Russian Federation, including for transportation under a neutral flag weapons in Syria and, according to the newspaper, «to bypass Western sanctions and signing a deal with NATO military transport.»

As a result, in June 2017, Parliament had to agree on the allocation of 215 million Swiss francs to the Swiss rescue ships from the bankrupt company.

According to official information, in the Swiss Navy on ships at sea working mainly sailors from Russia and Ukraine. Only, according to open sources, in the Swiss fleet of about 50 ships.

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