Italy to extend decree on arms supply to Ukraine for 2023 – Minister

The Italian government will ask the parliament to approve a new decree on military and civilian supplies to Ukraine during 2023.

Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said this in an interview with Il Foglio newspaper published on November 21, Reuters reports.

Italian government can send military aid to Ukraine without asking for parliamentary approval

The Italian government can send military aid to Ukraine each time without asking for parliamentary approval, based on a decree that expires at the end of the year.

“The Ministry of Defense will soon propose to renew this measure, extending it to the whole of 2023,” Crosetto said.

Italy will continue to supply weapons, as before, “at the time and in the ways that we will agree with our Atlantic allies and with Kyiv,” the minister said.

Earlier this month, a governmental coalition spokesman told Reuters that Italy was preparing a new weapons package for Ukraine, including air defense systems specifically requested by Ukraine.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is a strong supporter of Ukraine

Crozetto belongs to the Brothers of Italy, the right-wing party of Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, which is a strong supporter of Ukraine.

However, the situation for the new Prime Minister is tricky due to her partners in the coalition. Two other key members of the coalition, right-wing politicians Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi, both have historical ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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