Italy against sending troops to fight in Ukraine – Tajani

Italy is against sending troops to fight in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said Tuesday after French President Emmanuel Macron floated the idea Monday.

The possible sending of Western troops to Ukraine “is an idea of Macron’s,” said Tajani, who is also deputy premier and leader of the centre-right post Berlusconi Forza Italia (FI) party.

“But when you talk of sending troops you must be very prudent because we must not make people think we’re at war with Russia.

“We aren’t at war with Russia, we are defending Ukraine and in my personal judgement I’m not favourable to sending Italian troops to fight in Ukraine.” Tajani was speaking on the sidelines of the coordination committee of Italian and Croatian ministers in Zagreb.