The trip of Giorgia Meloni to Kyiv, desired and premeditated, will leave today: first stop will be in Warsaw and tomorrow, the meeting with the Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelensky. Meloni, first from the opposition benches and then as a tenant of Palazzo Chigi, has never wavered on the posture to take regarding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. A courageous and firmly Atlantic position under European and Western unity. No flaws, no step back on sending arms, and no second thoughts on the principles to defend.
Meanwhile, in these hours, American president Joe Biden arrived in Kyiv. The head of the White House made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital ahead of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion. The president was photographed next to the Ukrainian leader in Mikhailovskaya Square.
Giorgia Meloni’s journey
Giorgia Meloni’s mission started today. Before going to the Ukrainian capital, the Prime Minister will stop in Warsaw, where in the afternoon, he will have an interview with his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki. The meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv is scheduled for tomorrow, February 21.
The Italian premier met Zelensky for the first time on February 9 in Brussels given the extraordinary European Council. On that occasion, the two exchanged a handshake and a hug. The move to Kyiv Meloni had put it on the agenda from the first minute of his inauguration. The trip’s first stop will be in Poland, one of the most determined countries to counter the invasion and support the Ukrainian resistance.
The relationship with Zelensky
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, joined in Kyiv by Corriere della Sera, The Republic, and the Sole, 24oreexpresses all his gratitude to Prime Minister Meloni and the center-right government he presides over. “I am very grateful to Italy – dice Zelensky – for the decision to send us arms for both defense and artillery; the decisions of principle have been taken”. The cordial relationship between the government of Giorgia Meloni and Volodymyr Zelensky is undeniable. The relationship between the two, political and interpersonal, was consolidated immediately. The Italian Prime Minister, in continuity with Mario
Draghi expressed strong solidarity with the Ukrainian people and immediately promised military support for the resistance in Kyiv.
The Ukrainian president does nothing but makes it known: “Since the beginning of the war, Italy under the Mario Draghi government had chosen to support us and today things are going well”. “In fact – reveals Zelensky – with Giorgia Meloni I had had some long phone calls very cordial immediately after his appointment as prime minister and I had noticed that he was moving in the direction of continuity”.
The holding of the Italian governmentIn light of all this, it is necessary: “For us – explains the Ukrainian president –it is essential not to lose the support of Italy and no other country, which we have cultivated with great effort”. A relationship between Italy and Ukraine marked by friendship and unity of purpose.