Italy eager to help find lasting solution to Ukraine crisis

“The conversation focused on the latest developments in the situation on the ground in Ukraine and assistance to the country. Draghi reaffirmed the Italian government’s full support for Kyiv authorities and Italy’s readiness to contribute to finding a lasting solution to the crisis,” Palazzo Chigi wrote in a note. [EPA-EFE/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI]

The Italian government is ready “to contribute to finding a lasting solution to the crisis,” Prime Minister Mario Draghi told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy over the phone on Wednesday.

“The conversation focused on the latest developments in the situation on the ground in Ukraine and assistance to the country. Draghi reaffirmed the Italian government’s full support for Kyiv authorities and Italy’s readiness to contribute to finding a lasting solution to the crisis,” Palazzo Chigi wrote in a note.

Draghi, who tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday, is expected to visit Kyiv soon.

Rome has provided approximately €500 million to support Ukrainian refugees and allocated €110 million in financial assistance to Kyiv’s government.

Italy also gave “shelter to more than 100,000 Ukrainians forced to flee their homes because of Russian aggression,” Zelenskyy tweeted after his call with Draghi.

In terms of military aid, the government is issuing a second decree that aims to give arms to Ukraine. And a third one should ensure more heavy weapons are delivered.

If ties between Italy and Ukraine appear strong, so does the Rome-Washington axis. On 10 May, the Italian prime minister will be the first European G7 leader to visit the White House since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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