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Council of Europe

Situation in Ukraine

Council of Europe

PRESIDENCY OF THE COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS
Strasbourg
22 February 2022

The Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, Luigi Di Maio, has made the following statement:

"As Chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, I support the statement of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Italy strongly condemns the decision of the Russian authorities on the recognition of the so-called "people's republics" of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation. Unilateral initiatives are not the answer to the crisis.

We should continue seeking a diplomatic solution for a peaceful settlement of this conflict.

We reiterate our unwavering support and commitment to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders."



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