Italy will not oppose the creation of a special tribunal against Russia

Rome will not object to the creation of a special tribunal for Russia’s actions in Ukraine, said Italian Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Antonio Tajani. He accused the Russian leadership of war crimes.

“If there is an ad hoc tribunal (special tribunal.— “b”), we are not against,” said Mr. Tajani (quote from the agency Ansa). He noted that Rome had never sent weapons to attack Russian territories. “We have never declared war on Russia. We have a problem with the leadership, but not with the people,” the minister added.

The countries of the European Union have been discussing for many months the creation of a special tribunal against Russia for its actions in Ukraine after the deployment of troops on February 24, 2022. The Kremlin has previously called the potential creation of a tribunal illegitimate. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced in early February the creation of an “international center for the prosecution of the crime of aggression in Ukraine.”

Last week, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, leader of Forward Italy, a member of the ruling coalition, criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In his opinion, “nothing would have happened” if he had stopped attacks on the republics of Donbass.

Leonid Uvarchev


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