News ECG: Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni slammed Russia for its military onslaught in Ukraine on Thursday, saying it was not only a war crime but also breached the territorial integrity of a sovereign state and international law. She also reaffirmed her nation’s backing for Kyiv and commended the Ukrainian people for their spirit.
“I was in Kyiv last week and saw the dreadful reality on the ground,” Meloni said. I delivered the keynote lecture at this year’s Raisina Dialogue, a multilateral gathering aimed at tackling significant global concerns. Russia’s attack is more than just a little skirmish or an act of war.
The geographical integrity of a sovereign state is violated, which is against international law and hampers the development of the global community. She asserted that she witnessed the strength of the nation’s patriotic spirit during her visit to Kyiv, despite the problems and destruction caused by the war, which has been raging for more than a year.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the opening ceremony. Physical distance separated the ongoing struggle in Europe from many areas of the world where people were suffering, but Meloni, Italy’s first female prime minister, emphasized that this should not overshadow the importance of what was at stake.
The very underpinnings of international law cannot be jeopardized, we repeat. Without it, every country would be in danger of a neighboring state invading, and only armed conflict would be an option. Amid the Ukraine crisis, her comments were issued on the same day that the G20 foreign ministers gathered in New Delhi.
The 46-year-old leader issued a warning that the international community must not allow the provocation in Ukraine, which posed a risk to world stability. “We cannot allow the law of the strongest to supersede the strength of the law.”
She argued that in a connected world, local problems soon become global problems, and tragically, the problems in Europe today were now global. In recent years, Europe’s geopolitical stance was not as vocal as it could have been, but Meloni asserts that this is no longer the case.
The Italian president asserted that only the rule of law could allow humanity to progress and prosper, a belief shared by both her country and India. While describing how the freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region was crucial for global trade, Meloni also noted that India played a significant role in the region.
She claims that events in the Indo-Pacific area have a direct impact on Europe and vice versa. The comments are made about China’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its naval control on the high seas.
The vote of appreciation was sponsored by S. Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, who noted that the Italian prime minister’s address had captured the state of the world and was in line with the conference’s theme, Provocation, Uncertainty, Turbulence: Lighthouse in the Tempest?
“I believe that many of us, especially in India, can see the lighthouse beam rather well. It is up to each of us to decide whether the storm or the lighthouse should be the focal point. We sincerely believe that there is vision, leadership, and a solution for every issue facing the world.
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