KYIV (QHA) -

Switzerland will continue to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, said the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Paruby after his meeting with the President of the National Council of the Swiss Confederation Christa Markwalder in Kyiv, a QHA journalist reports.

“Despite its neutral status, Switzerland takes a consistent position to uphold the principles of Ukraine's territorial integrity, and does not perceive the Russian position regarding the occupation of Crimea,” Paruby said.

The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada is convinced that Switzerland will continue to be an ally of Ukraine.

The sides also discussed the stages of cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland, reforms in Ukraine and security issues.

According to Markwalder, during the meeting, they discussed "the challenges facing Ukraine - the occupation of Crimea and other territories."

“The Swiss Parliament will stick to the position that one cannot tolerate violation of international law and territorial integrity,” she said.

Switzerland officially did not join the EU sanctions against Russia, but according to Markwalder, it has taken measures to ensure its territory is not used for sanctions invasion.

QHA