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Italian Defense Minister rejects permission to attack Russia

Jesus Carames

June 8, 2024 | 2:52 pm

Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto has rejected the position of countries that have authorized the Ukrainian Armed Forces to use supplied weapons to attack Russian territory. In an interview with the newspaper Corriere della Sera, Crosetto described this decision as “wrong.”

Criticism of countries that promote attacks

«It makes me smile a little that some of those who talk about this are representatives of countries that send mainly civil and non-military aid»said Crosetto. «But above all I wonder what it is for. Do these words have a positive impact on the outcome of the war? No. Do they promote peace? No. Do they scare the Russians? No", added the minister, underlining his skepticism about the effectiveness of such statements.

The Italian minister expressed his incomprehension at the logic of allowing attacks against Russia, suggesting that "If Ukraine wanted to use those weapons to attack, it would not have informed the Russians". This perspective highlights his conviction that such decisions do not contribute positively to conflict or international relations.

Warnings from Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned that supplying Western weapons to kyiv constitutes direct participation in the conflict. Putin has indicated that the continuation of these shipments will only serve "destroy international relations".

Reactions in Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron is one of the leaders who has supported kyiv's attacks on Russian territory, which has generated controversy. Macron has previously proposed sending NATO troops to Ukraine, an initiative that has not been welcomed by all of his Western counterparts.

The vice president of the Italian Council of Ministers, Matteo Salvini, harshly criticized Macron's position. «If you want to go to war, put on a helmet, put on a vest and go to Ukraine, but don't break the balls of the Italians [...], of us who want to live in peace»Salvini said, reiterating Italy's desire to stay away from a military escalation.

Italy's rejection of the use of weapons supplied for attacks against Russia reflects a more cautious and pacifist stance within some European sectors. While some leaders promote more aggressive actions, figures such as Guido Crosetto and Matteo Salvini advocate peace and criticize the logic of increasing war tension. This divergence of opinions underlines the complexity of international relations and the management of the conflict in Ukraine.

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