“Italy’s Response to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine”, Nona Mikhelidze (IAI, Italy)

In line with the EU’s policy, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and current Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni have taken a strong stance in response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine by firmly condemning the invasion and offering their full support for Kyiv’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. The Italian response has been characterised by four major areas of support. First and foremost, Italy has unequivocally denounced the Russian annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, just as it has consistently denounced the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014. Secondly, Rome has demonstrated its support for the defence of Ukraine by approving six significant military aid packages to Kyiv (with a seventh military package currently under discussion) and facilitating targeted training activities for the Ukrainian army, with the objective of optimising the use of the weapons it has provided. 

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