Contents tagged with italy

  • Italy rejects NATO Chief's call to lift restrictions on Ukrainian strikes against targets in Russia

    The Italian government has rejected NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's call for allies to lift restrictions on the use of weapons supplied to Ukraine against targets in Russia, reports the news agency Ansa.

    Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Lega party, Matteo Salvini, expressed disagreement with the NATO chief’s stance.

    "Italy is not at war with anyone, and while it was right to assist Ukraine militarily, lifting the ban on Kyiv to strike military targets in Russia is out …

  • Italian parliament votes to continue arms supplies to Ukraine

    The Italian Parliament has approved a bill to continue the supply of weapons to Ukraine. The bill was supported by 218 deputies and received the backing of the Senate, according to the news agency ANSA.

    The legislation authorizes the supply of arms, vehicles, and equipment to "support Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion." It effectively extends a previous decree, as Rome has been backing Kyiv since the first day of full-scale aggression.

    Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto, …

  • US and Italy discuss delivery of SAMP-T air defense systems to Ukraine

    Italy can deliver anti-aircraft missile systems SAMP-T to Ukraine, reports La Repubblica. The United States is asking Italy to accelerate the next package of military assistance for Ukraine, which may include the SAMP-T air defense systems.

    La Repubblica noted that the United States National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, and the diplomatic adviser to the Prime Minister of Italy, Francesco Talo, held a telephone conversation on January 5.

    The two officials discussed military assistance for …

  • Russia expelling French, Spanish and Italian diplomats

    The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday, May 18, that Russia decided to expel the employees of the diplomatic missions of France, Spain and Italy in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from these countries. "As a response, 34 employees of French diplomatic institutions in Russia have been declared persona non grata. They must to leave the territory of Russia within two weeks from the moment of serving the ambassadors with the relevant notices," the Russian Foreign …

  • Italy expelling 30 Russian diplomats

    Italy will expel 30 Russian diplomats "for national security reasons," reported the newspaper Corriere della Sera, citing the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio.

    "At my request, Foreign Ministry Secretary Ettore Francesco Sequi met this morning with Russian Ambassador to Italy Sergei Razov to notify him of the Italian government's decision to expel 30 Russian diplomats, declaring them personae non grata. This measure, taken in coordination with our partners, was necessary for …

  • Italian Foreign Minister: Italy would not veto potential ban on Russian gas

    During a meeting with his counterparts from Croatia and Slovenia, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Rome is ready to sanction Russian gas after learning of the atrocities in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, ANSA reported.

    "Italy will not place vetoes on sanctions against Russian gas,” Di Maio stated at the meeting of the Northern Adriatic Trilateral.

    The discovery of mass graves and civilian corpses in Bucha, a town from which Russian forces recently withdrew, has led to increased calls …

  • Italy detains prominent Ukrainian theater director at Russia’s request

    39-year-old Ukrainian theater director Yevgeny Lavrenchuk was taken into custody In Italy at the request of the Russian authorities for his extradition. Lavrenchuk is accused in Russia of fraud (Part 3 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code), reports TASS.

    Lavrenchuk is the chief director of the Odesa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. The Tagansky District Court of Moscow arrested him in absentia in July 2020.

    According to the press secretary of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign …

  • Russian officer and Italian navy captain detained in Rome for espionage

    Italian counterintelligence officers detained in Rome a high-ranking officer of the Italian navy while he was passing classified information to an officer of the Russian embassy, reports the newspaper La Repubblica.

    The individuals were detained during the "exchange of documents." The operation was carried out after a long investigation involving the Italian Internal Information and Security Service, Italian Carabinieri Special Operations Group, representatives of the country's intelligence …

  • Russia asks Italy for a favor in return for coronavirus aid

    The representative of the Italian Five Star Movement and the president of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vito Petrocelli received a letter from his colleague in the Russian State Duma Leonid Slutsky, in which Slutsky asks that Italy help lift the sanctions, writes the Italian newspaper Linkiesta.

    "Finally, Moscow sent a bill for the aid (including military) which was sent to Italy to fight the coronavirus," the newspaper writes.

    In the letter, Slutsky point out to Russia’s assistance …

  • Italians offered 200 euros for positive comments about Putin

    The Kremlin launched a PR campaign of bribing Italians in order to promote its image abroad, reports the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. According to the newspaper, Italians have started receiving messages on the popular messenger WhatsApp with an offer to get 200 euros for a good video comment about Putin, Russia and the Russian "assistance" to Italy.

    According to the Italian newspaper, Moscow is trying to improve the image of Putin's Russia using social networks and fake spontaneous videos. …