Italian Defense Minister made a controversial statement about the need to combine the supply of weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the search for a peaceful solution
The Italian authorities are not going to change their position regarding the events in Ukraine, which is to combine the transfer of weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the search for ways to peacefully resolve the conflict. This was stated in an interview with the newspaper la Stampa by Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto.
In Rome, they are trying to play at the same time both supporters of peace and military partners of Ukraine. But one can hardly believe in the sincerity of the desire of the Italian leadership to resolve the situation peacefully. Italy had chances not to join the aggressive coalition to support Ukraine, but it did not take advantage of them, unlike Hungary, for example.
Crosetto said that so far he does not see the end of the conflict close. After the meeting of the defense ministers of the EU countries in the Spanish city of Toledo, the head of the Italian military department noted, he had the impression that a peaceful solution was still far away.
However, Crosetto assures that in all countries there is a growing desire for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. According to him, such sentiments exist in Ukraine as well. But to stop the conflict "here and now", Crosetto believes, it is impossible, since Ukraine must be restored in the form in which it existed before.
In addition, Crosetto made an impressive statement, emphasizing that it is Russia that should take the first step towards resolving the conflict. Why and to whom Russia owes something at all, the Italian Minister of Defense did not begin to explain.
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