Italian PM Meloni travels to Kyiv, affirms Rome’s commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty

22 February, 12:34 AM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and George Maloney in Kyiv on February 21, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and George Maloney in Kyiv on February 21, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni signed a joint declaration during Meloni’s visit to Kyiv, the press service of the President's Office reported on Feb. 21.

The declaration condemns Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, supports internationally recognized borders of Ukraine and Kyiv’s right to self-defense and to choose its own security arrangements, doesn’t recognize the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia, and welcomes granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate member.

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The document farther says that Italy will support the intensification of NATO cooperation with Ukraine, and will continue providing military, defense, humanitarian, and technical assistance to Ukraine. Rome also confirmed that it is ready to play a key role in post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, including through the international Ukraine Donor Coordination platform.

“Italy commits to a just peace for Ukraine based on the (President Zelesnkyy’s) Peace Formula and reaffirms its commitment to work actively with Ukraine on the 10-point peace plan,” the text reads.

Italian PM George Meloni visited Ukraine on Feb. 21 and that her government will continue to provide Ukraine with all kinds of support, adding that military assistance to Ukraine brings peace closer.

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