AGiorgia Meloni’s statements were made during a press conference in Kiev, where she went to preside over the G7 meeting (group of the seven most industrialized countries), on the second anniversary of the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Meloni confirmed the signing of a security guarantee agreement with Ukraine that “has a duration of 10 years and is the most complete and important pact signed with a non-NATO country” (acronym in English for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ).

The minister added that the agreement is similar to those that Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has already signed with the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Denmark, but did not give details about the amount involved.

“We continue to support Ukraine in what I have always considered to be the right of its people to defend themselves. This necessarily presupposes military support, so confusing the much used word peace with surrender, as some do, is a hypocritical approach that will never we will share”, highlighted Meloni.

The Italian Prime Minister participated in a joint press conference with Zelensky, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who arrived together in the capital Ukrainian woman on a night train.

In the long-term security agreements signed by Ukraine with European countries, the latter commit to providing military and other assistance to Ukraine over the next decade so that Kiev can confront Russian aggression.

“A 360-degree approach is needed that helps Ukraine look to the future. I am thinking about cooperation in the industrial sector, economic cooperation in critical infrastructure and energy, humanitarian support. With today’s signing, I reaffirm that Italy will continue to ensure the necessary support for the freedom and independence of a nation under attack, helping it, together with the rest of the international community, to build its future”, highlighted Meloni.

Italy, he added, “is ready to play a leading role in the field of reconstruction”, and will do so during the G7 Presidency and in 2025.

The Russian military offensive on Ukrainian territory, launched on February 24, 2022, plunged Europe into what is considered the most serious security crisis since World War II (1939-1945).

Ukraine’s Western allies have supplied Kiev with weapons and approved successive sanctions packages against Russian interests to try to diminish Moscow’s ability to finance the war effort.

The conflict, which is now entering its third year, has caused the destruction of important infrastructure in several areas of Ukraine, and an undetermined number of civilian and military victims.

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