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Switzerland cancels Russian participation in air show

Published on Aug 13, 2014 12:42 AM

ZURICH (REUTERS) - Switzerland has cancelled Russian participation in an air show, its defence ministry said on Tuesday, apparently due to concerns about events in Ukraine.

Neutral Switzerland has not joined the European Union and the United States in imposing sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine, but says it is "exercising restraint in the area of military contacts with Russia".

The West accuses Russia of arming pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, something Moscow denies.

"Even in times of crisis it is important to maintain contacts. Nevertheless, military contacts are of a special nature and in the present circumstances it would be preferable to show restraint," the ministry said in a statement.

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