Arms to Ukraine, from the Brothers of Italy to the Third Pole: the positions of the parties

The center-right government will continue to militarily support theUkraine. This is what the League secretary said Matteo Salvini after a meeting in Milan with the leaders of the CISL, in the same days in which the Ukrainians are conducting an overwhelming counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region, also thanks to Western armaments. A statement in contrast with the position held to date by the leader of the Northern League, who had repeatedly asked for a stop to the supply of arms to Kiev and the revision of sanctions against Moscow in an attempt to reopen a dialogue with Putin.

The position of the center-right coalition

Who has never had doubts about the need to support Ukraine in every way is the woman who seems destined to lead that center-right government that Salvini speaks of. Despite the opposition, Brothers of Italy he has always voted in favor of the decrees on the dispatch of weapons and in these weeks of electoral campaign Giorgia Meloni he has staked a lot on his party’s Atlanticism to legitimize himself on the intentional landscape. The firm adherence to the Born it is the first point of the shared program of the center-right coalition. At the recent forum held in Cernobbio, Meloni said “that if Ukraine falls, the real winner will not only be Russia, but China, and Europe could fall under his influence”. While on the position of Italy he had added: “If we stop sending weapons to Ukraine, nothing changes, but our credibility is affected.”

Rooted in the West with the United States and NATO, it is also the third component of the coalition. For Come on Italy sending weapons to Kiev is “a must” as long as they are “defensive” weapons. A position that stabilized immediately after the President of FI, Silvio Berlusconihe had said that sending weapons to Ukraine made our country de facto “co-belligerent”, only to correct the game.

The other parties

On the opposite bank the Pd, the party to which the Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini belongs, immediately guaranteed maximum support for the Draghi government, reiterating in this case also the need to provide defensive war material and not weapons to attack Russian territory. Some friction on the issue could occur within the center-left coalition, which also includes Italian left And greensfirmly opposed to the supply of weapons in order “not to prolong the war”.

“Italy should stop sending weapons to Ukraine and rather devote itself to promoting dialogue between the parties”, is also the mantra of the political leader of the Five Stars movement, Giuseppe Conte, who in recent days had affirmed: “It is not said that Putin does not want peace”. The M5S voted in due course on the Ukraine decrees when it was still part of the majority, but precisely on this issue the first tensions with the Draghi-led executive were recorded in June, from which the party of the former premier then removed the confidence.

On the other hand, support for the Draghi government has never been lacking, not even on military supplies to Kiev, by the leader of Italia Viva Matteo Renzi, whose stated goal is to keep the current tenant in Palazzo Chigi. Renzi defined the sending of weapons to Zelensky as “fundamental”, while never ceasing to underline the importance of seeking a diplomatic solution. His current ally in the Third Pole, too, Carlo Calendain the episode of In Onda on La7 on June 5, he defined that of militarily supporting Kiev a “painful” decision, but necessary to “contain” the threat of Putin towards the West.

“No to war, to sending weapons and to sanctions” is one of the points in the electoral program of ItalExit by Gianluigi Paragone, which the latest polls show beyond the 3% threshold and who even proposes Italy’s exit from NATO.

Arms to Ukraine, from the Brothers of Italy to the Third Pole: the positions of the parties