Italy not considering new military aid for Ukraine yet, says Defense Ministry

10 November 2022, 06:54 PM
Guido Crosetto (Photo:REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane)

Guido Crosetto (Photo:REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane)

Italy is not currently considering a new package of military assistance to Ukraine, according to Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto, the Turin-based La Stampa daily newspaper reported on Nov. 10.

"We are not preparing the sixth decree, we are not talking about missiles to be sent to Kyiv,” he said.

“I do not rule out that new provisions may appear in the future.”

His comments come as a direct refutation of an earlier report by the Reuters news agency, which on Nov. 8 quoted an unnamed Italian official as saying that the country was preparing a new round of arms shipments to Ukraine – namely, the Franco-Italian SAMP/T medium-range air defense systems and Italy's Aspide, as well as Stinger MANPADS.

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Crosetto added that Rome is currently completing the supply of materiel promised by the former government, and stated that Italy would adhere to all decisions made jointly by Ukraine’s allies.

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