Deputies of Italy canceled the vote on the continuation of arms supplies to Ukraine

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Italian deputies canceled the vote on the continuation of arms supplies to Ukraine

The publication writes that by the end of the year the agreement will expire, according to which the Italian government could send military assistance to Ukraine without the permission of the parliament.

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Italy's ruling right-wing parties have withdrawn an amendment that would have allowed the government to continue supplying arms to Ukraine through 2023. Reuters writes about this, citing its own sources in the Italian Parliament.

This reportedly came after the opposition called for a separate decree on the matter. The publication writes that after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the administration of former Prime Minister Mario Draghi introduced measures that allowed weapons to be sent to Kyiv without parliamentary permission for each batch. This arrangement expires at the end of the year.

Reporters write that the coalition backing new Prime Minister Georgia Meloni initially tried to extend it until December 31, 2023 by amending a government decree that is currently passes through Parliament.

However, the main opposition group, the center-left Democratic Party (DP), complained that the decree in question had no direct bearing on Ukraine and accused the government of violating parliamentary rules.

In response, Parliamentary Relations Minister Luca Chiriani said, that the government will consider the possibility of adopting this measure by a separate decree, but at the same time ensure that it is approved as soon as possible.

Support for Ukraine by the new Italian government

Journalists write that support for Ukraine is a controversial topic in the ruling coalition, which includes the party of Giorgi Meloni “Brothers of Italy”, the “League” of Matteo Salvini and the party of Silvio Berlusconi “Forward Italy”.

The material says that Meloni is a staunch supporter of Kyiv, while her allies Salvini and Berlusconi have repeatedly been seen making controversial statements due to warm relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Supporting Ukraine is worth it, because negotiations can only arise from the balance of power on the field,” Meloni said.

The ruling coalition in Italy

The head of the Brothers of Italy party, George Meloni, became the first woman prime minister minister in Italy. This government is considered the most right-wing since the Second World War. Ruling parties: “Brothers of Italy” (right-wing national conservative party), “Forward, Italy” (center-right party), “League” (right-wing conservative party), “Moderates” (center-right party).

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