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Italy’s Meloni pledges arms for Ukraine, Berlusconi toes line



Helping Kyiv militarily is the only way for Russia and Ukraine to reach a peaceful agreement, Giorgia Maloni, the Prime Minister of Italy, stated to parliament on Wednesday (26 Oct).

Meloni stated, before the confidence vote on her rightist-leaning government’s newly elected government, that “peace is possible if we support Ukraine… It will be the only opportunity for the parties to negotiate.”

Meloni has repeatedly pledged her support for Kyiv, while her coalition partners Silvio Bernlusconi (and Matteo Salvini), have been more cautious because of their historical ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Meloni stated, “While the outcome of war does not depend on the arms Italy supplies Ukraine,” but that they are critical for Italy’s international credibility.

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Berlusconi’s sympathies with Putin and accusations of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zilenskiy of triggering war triggered a political storm. However, he was able to align himself with Meloni in the Senate confidence vote.

He said that he has always attempted to unify Russia and the West. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made it impossible.

He said, “In these circumstances we naturally stand alongside West.” “We must all work together to achieve peace. We will do this in full accordance with our Western allies, as long as the Ukrainian people’s will is respected.”


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Meloni’s government won the confidence motion comfortably. It was sworn in on Saturday by 115 votes to just79.

It won a similar vote in Chamber of Deputies Tuesday (25 Oct) and is now fully functional. It can now tackle the many problems facing the third largest economy in the euro area, currently in recession according the Treasury.

Meloni stated that she would raise cash. Meloni also said that she would not introduce a minimum wage to Italy because it was not the best way of increasing stagnant wages.

She said that the government would review legislation that imposes windfall taxes on energy companies that have benefited from rising prices for oil and gas.

Mario Draghi’s former government had expected to finance a portion its measures to lessen the impact of the crisis upon families and businesses through a 25% windfall tax on energy groups. But revenues have been lower than anticipated.

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