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Meloni in Kiev: “Ukraine is part of our home and we will do our part to defend it”

Meloni in Kiev: “Ukraine is part of our home and we will do our part to defend it”

Meloni in Kiev: “Ukraine is part of our home and we will do our part to defend it”

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said this Saturday in Kiev that “Ukraine It is part of our home” and promised to continue collaborating “to defend it”, during a ceremony at Antonov-Hostomel airport together with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and other leaders.

“Ukraine is part of our home and we will do our part to defend it,” said Meloni, who today, as interim president of the G7, organized a video conference with the leaders of the group’s countries on the second anniversary of the start of the Russian invasion.

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This place is the symbol of Moscow’s failure and Ukraine’s pride, Here Putin’s plans were interrupted, he reminds us that there is something stronger than missiles and war, love of land and freedom”, Meloni added.

The Italian president participated in this ceremony to pay honors to the defenders of the airport, when on February 24, 2 years ago, Russians and Ukrainians fought a tough battle at the beginning of the invasion.

Belgian prime ministers also participated in the event, Alexandre De Croo, and Canadian, Justin Trudeau.

Later, Meloni will place a wreath on the Wall in Memory of the Fallen for Ukraine and then he will go to Mariinsky Palacepresidential headquarters, to meet with Zelensky.

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During the meeting a security agreement will be signed between Italy and Ukraine of which the details are not known.

The Italian Prime Minister arrived in Kiev this Saturday to also hold a video conference meeting with the leaders of the G7, of which Italy is the current president, and show support for Ukraine.

Meloni traveled on the same night train in which the president of the European Commission, the Belgian prime minister, whose country presides over the EU Council this semester, and the Canadian prime minister arrived in the Ukrainian capital.

The G7 telematic meeting will be held at Saint Sophia Cathedral, in the center of Kiev at 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT), in which it is expected that, together with the leaders of United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Canada Zelensky will also intervene and, once finalized, a joint statement will be adopted.

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One of the topics under debate at this first important G7 meeting under the Italian presidency will be aid to Ukraine, especially given the prolonged blocking of the US aid package for Kiev in the House of Representatives.

Coinciding with the second anniversary of the war, the European Union approved this Friday the thirteenth package of sanctions against Russia, which includes the largest set of measures in a single batch and also against Chinese companies.

I think the West should not show signs of tiredness from this point of view”, said Meloni on the eve of the visit.

Source: Elcomercio

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