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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Thursday reaffirmed Italy’s commitments to NATO and expressed support for Ukraine
ROME (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – November 10, 2022) Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Thursday confirmed Italy’s commitments to NATO and expressed support for Ukraine.
“I reaffirm Italy’s commitments to NATO and the common challenges facing the alliance at this delicate moment,” Meloni told reporters after her first meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Meloni said she believes it is a priority to strengthen the alliance as a whole. She also noted that Europe should be a strong pillar of the alliance to make it “even stronger and able to deal with threats from any direction.”
According to Meloni, the NATO-EU strategic partnership is extremely important. The Prime Minister noted that during the meeting with Stoltenberg, they discussed ways to expand defense cooperation between the two organizations. Issues related to the situation on NATO’s southern side were also discussed in detail, Meloni said.
“Italy strongly supports the territorial integrity, sovereignty and freedom of Ukraine. The political cohesion of the alliance and our strong commitment to support the Ukrainian issue is, in our opinion, the best response that NATO allies can give,” said Meloni.
On November 2, Rome suspended the sixth package of military aid to Ukraine saying it needed to clarify some details with NATO allies. Later, Meloni noted that there were no issues regarding the supply of weapons to Ukraine. The Prime Minister said that the authorities were working to fulfill all the necessary international obligations.
Last week, the Italian government provided “20 to 30” M109L automatic howitzers to Kiev as part of the fifth military aid package. Italy had already provided Ukraine with M113 armored personnel carriers, six PzH 2000 howitzers, and two multiple launch rocket systems in the previous four packages.
Since Russia launched military operations in Ukraine on February 24, Western countries have been providing humanitarian, military and financial support to Kiev. Moscow has denied that weapons will enter Ukraine from its Western allies, saying it is adding fuel to the fire, and warning that any weapons shipment would be Ukraine territory are “legitimate targets” for Russian forces.