President Mattarella calls for unity in the face of Putin. “The threat posed by Russia to the peace and the security of our continent requires from all democracies, particularly those in Europe, a renewed impulse of unity and cohesion.” Thus spoke President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday while in Bern, before meeting his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis.
- “Autocracies challenge the model of peaceful international coexistence and democratic coexistence: it is a serious issue, and we must not underestimate it. These are challenges that cannot be facilitated by uncertainties and divisions among free peoples,” he added.
Government moves to extend military aid to Ukraine. The Draghi-era law authorising the government to send weapons and equipment to Ukraine will expire at year’s end. While the President spoke, the Minister for Parliamentary Relations, Luca Ciriani, discussed the matter with the party’s group leaders, who gave assurance they would allow for a speedy extension of that law.
- “I expect the parliamentary opposition groups to respect the commitment that led us here,” said Defence Minister Guido Crosetto when remarking on the law’s deadline. That commitment (to Ukraine as well as European and NATO allies) was taken by the previous government, which featured the Democratic Party and the Five Star Movement, now in opposition.
Russia chimes in – with infowar. In an attempt to influence the process and cast doubt on the utility of military supplies (as it’s done before), the Russian Embassy in Italy posted on Twitter a picture showing an Italian-made vehicle lying on its side in a blast site.
- “MADE IN ITALY. The Lince MLV armoured vehicle delivered to the Ukrainian army near Artiomovsk (Bakhmut). Are all Italian taxpayers happy with this destination of their money?” reads the tweet’s text.
- Actually, as another user noted, the vehicle appears to be an MLS Shield.
MADE IN ITALY. L’auto blindata Lince MLV consegnata all’esercito ucraino vicino ad #Artiomovsk (#Bakhmut). Tutti i contribuenti italiani sono felici con tale destinazione dei loro soldi?
📸 https://t.co/Vih2YqyVNG pic.twitter.com/sr9VwnfnFc
— Russian Embassy in Italy (@rusembitaly) November 29, 2022