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No Swiss Airshow for Russia This Year

Switzerland has canceled Russian participation in an airshow, its defense 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 Ukrainian rebels, which 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.

The "Russian Knights" aerobatic display team had been due to take part in the show in Payerne, near Lake Neuchatel, that starts this month, but the ministry said this "would not be appropriate at this time."

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