Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi announced in parliament on Tuesday that Italy would send arms to Ukraine. This is a decision taken by many European countries so far Others objected, as is the case in Spain. Head of Government of Spain, Pedro SanchezIn fact He announced on Spanish television that he was not going to send deadly weapons directly to Ukraine But yes humanitarian and defensive assistance (helmets, bulletproof vests, etc.). However, according to the Spanish Ministry of Defense, Spain will participate in the implementation of the European aid program for Ukraine.
The EU plan allocates 500 million euros to Ukraine from the European Peace Support Fund. 50 of them for humanitarian assistance (emergency aid, helmets, anti-projectile underwear, etc.) and 450 million in military supplies. Joseph Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, explained that this includes weapons, ammunition and warplanes. Each country will decide what to contribute from these things.
But Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s (North Atlantic Organization of the European Union, United States and Canada), made it clear that “NATO will not send troops or airspace to Ukraine.”
Approving the shipment of weapons to a warring country is not an easy task and can have serious consequences.S, according to some analysts. Some people wonder if it really means entering the war, at least as far as the enemy’s eyes can see.
“Italy has no intention of looking the other way. Italy has solidarity with Ukrainian President Zhelensky and the people of Ukraine. The decree was issued with the law, which, among other things, allows for the repeal of certain laws prohibiting the sending of military supplies to a country in war. The prime minister on Tuesday had to defend his position in parliament. “It simply came to our notice then. To seek peace, you must love peace. “Anyone with more than 60 km of armored cars at the gate of the Ukrainian capital does not want peace at this time,” he said, adding that he would “seek peace with his will and without interruption”.
Italy is not the only country sending arms to Ukraine. Apparently Of the 27 countries in the European Union (EU), 18 have already organizedOf them Germany, France, Portugal, Holland, Czech Republic, GreeceExcept for the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. At least three Europeans specifically refused: Austria, Ireland and Malta.
The sanctions imposed on Russia include the measures taken by the European Union Closing the airspace for Russian aircraft and excluding the Swift financial system (A system that facilitates transfers to all parts of the world), among others.
In this case, Italy is assessing what will happen to the gas supply from Russia. Italy imports 95% of the gas it uses and 40% comes from Russia. According to Drake, the gas supply is unlikely to be disrupted, but if it does happen it could cause serious problems for the country. That is why the government is exploring the possibility of importing more gas from the two countries already selling to the peninsula, Algeria and Azerbaijan.
Refugees from Ukraine
Another important step taken by the EU was the escape of the Ukrainians from the war, Ukraine was not part of the EU. The predictions of the United Nations in this regard are alarming: About 18 million Ukrainians will be directly affected by the conflict, 7 million will be internally displaced and 4 million will be trying to reach EU countries.
European countries are openly ready to receive Ukrainian refugees, for which the European Union has organized. € 90 million for humanitarian assistance Immediate and similar measures are expected to finance the reception. “All European countries, such as Italy, have prepared themselves to receive Ukrainian immigrants. This is what we want in Europe,” declared Italian Interior Minister Louisiana Lamorgis. Sent to the Association, which includes about 4 tons of medical supplies and some 200 tents and 1,000 folding beds but is in the process of exporting new medicines and medical supplies.
Immigrants can stay in the EU for 90 days without the need to apply for a visa. You will see how everything is organized. But it is already known that a good portion of Ukrainians who want to reach Europe do so because a portion of their relatives live in those countries.
That is estimated up to now About 400,000 Ukrainians have already fled the country. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), that number will continue to rise. Large numbers of refugees came to countries bordering Ukraine. But some buses and cars with immigrants have already started coming to Italy. In fact, one of Europe’s largest Ukrainian communities has a population of about 236,000 on the peninsula. And the mayors of the cities where they live are opening their doors and arranging for solidarity organizations and merchants to receive and assist them. For example, a businessman from Treviso (northern Italy) owns a beverage factory that provides accommodation and employment for Ukrainians.
Ukraine in the European Union?
From all the assistance provided at the humanitarian and military levels, it is clear how much Europe is against Ukraine (or against Putin?). Today another opportunity has opened up: Ukraine will become part of the European Union. This option was made public by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky in a video conference with the European Parliament. “We want to be members of the EU with all rights. We show everyone who we are,” he said, calling for a special procedure for approval, which would be “very difficult” because incorporating new EU members can take months or years of expert evaluation. It is known, however, that most members of the European Parliament will agree.
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