ROME – Italy’s army is ready, but it does not want war, the country’s foreign minister Luigi Di Maio has said.
“Our army is prepared like any other army, but we certainly do not want war,” he said.
Speaking on the latest developments in Ukraine, Di Maio said “Italy opposes implementing a no-fly zone in Ukraine because that would mean our warplanes fight and a third world war breaks out.”
Also, they cannot send Italian soldiers to Ukraine but support the Ukrainians, he said.
He added that the Russian President Vladimir Putin “deliberately invaded Ukraine,” adding the Russian leader also harmed the Russian economy in this way due to the European Union’s economic sanctions.
“Our diplomatic actions continue unremittingly. We must bring Putin to an agreement at the table,” he added.