Ukraine, 3 November 2023 (TDI): Senior Ukrainian politicians appealed to Europe not to abandon the country after the Italian prime minister revealed in a prank call that European leaders were growing weary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine following the country’s unconvincing counteroffensive.
However, “I see that there is a great fatigue ” from all sides,” Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni told two Russian comedians, impersonating the president of the African Union in a prank call released Wednesday.
Albeit, “We are on the verge of the moment when everyone understands that we need a way out.” Ukrainian politicians urged that their soldiers were fighting for European values and warned against appeasing Russia.
Further, Oleksandr Merezhko, chairman of Ukraine’s parliamentary foreign policy committee, said he knows some who support concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin and are waiting to talk about it at the right moment.
Abandoning Ukraine, he said, “would cost Europe and the world very dearly and throw Europe and the global security system back into the 19th century.
Ukraine asked the United States for more training and weapons.
However, America is busy with a Middle East war, internal disagreements about helping Ukraine, and the 2024 elections.
Furthermore, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, a Ukrainian MP, said, “Europe fade up with Russia, not Ukraine.
Additionally, if Ukraine loses the war, she added, it would be the defeat of the free world, not just Ukraine.
In Italy, opposition parties mocked Meloni for failing to comply with security protocols, claiming the prank call showed the prime minister’s team was not up to it.
Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, leader of the centrist Italia Viva party, wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that the fallout was “a humiliation for Italy and Giorgia Meloni”.
Former PM Giuseppe Conte from the 5 Star Movement opposed sending more weapons to Ukraine.
Moreover, he accused Meloni of promoting military escalation while being aware of the importance of negotiations.
Even Meloni’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said the incident showed “a lack of seriousness” and should not be repeated.