Italian PM Meloni to visit Ukraine next week, bringing promises of fresh aid

19 February, 05:31 PM
Giorgia Meloni (Photo:REUTERS/Remo Casilli)

Giorgia Meloni (Photo:REUTERS/Remo Casilli)

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will announce a new military aid package for Ukraine during her visit to Ukraine on Feb. 21, Italian daily newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano reports.

The newspaper also wrote that before visiting Ukraine, Meloni plans to stop in Warsaw and hold talks with her Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki.

In Kyiv, she will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to reaffirm Italy's support and announce a sixth military aid package and the joint transfer of the SAMP-T anti-missile system with France, which is to be deployed in Ukraine in the spring.

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The content of the new aid package is still unknown. However, Il Fatto Quotidiano notes that Italy will not provide tanks to Ukraine because it does not have enough of them, and there will be no question of it sending F-16 fighters either.

Meloni announced on Feb. 3 that she would visit Ukraine before Feb. 24, the anniversary of the start of the full-scale war.

However, she did not disclose the exact date of her visit.

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