Migrants, Perego (Defense): “Flow management cannot be solely an Italian responsibility”

The Undersecretary: “Open all diplomatic channels to facilitate peace in Ukraine”

The line decided by the Italian government on the issue of migrants “it will naturally lead to the involvement of other European countries, it is already happening above all in terms of recognition of an objective responsibility that cannot be exclusively Italian in dealing with the management of migratory flows”. The says it Undersecretary of Defense Matteo Perego of Cremnago in an interview with Adnkronos. “Italy -adds Perego di Cremnago- will no longer be isolated as it has been in recent years. The problem of immigration concerns all European states which must take note of it and act accordingly”.

As for the conflict in Ukraine, “all international diplomatic channels must be opened to facilitate the peace process, including a financial support plan for the reconstruction. The wish of the Undersecretary of Defense “is that the time is finally ripe for a step forward in the initiative diplomacy that can turn the conflict in Ukraine around. “Work is underway to arrive at forms of ceasefire”, he explains, recalling “the meeting between Biden and Xi, the one between the heads of the American and Russian services, a diplomatic marathon that must continue with the USA, China and Europe as protagonists without solution of continuity”.

At the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine “many countries reacted autonomously, without coordination within the EU. However – observes Perego di Cremnago – at the moment it seems to me extremely clear and denotes how there is a cohesion between the states of the Union. The European position, aligned with that of the Atlantic Alliance, is clear in recognizing Russian aggression and the need to support Ukraine”.

And the conflict between Russia and Ukraine represented “a turning point in aspiring to one Integrated European Defencefrom every point of view. With the ‘Strategic Compass’ of the European Council born on 21 March last, a first concrete act was made”, observes Perego of Cremnago, underlining the “very important steps which have eliminated the difficulties of the past and favored the acceptance of the concept of a idea of ​​common defence”. It is, he explains, “a strategically important step to give the States of the Union a new role in the dimension of security, complementary to NATO but stronger with it”.

“The direction is the right one, with the synergistic contribution of national defense industries at European level, in the production of cutting-edge means and systems (including the project of the Ground Combat System MGCS – the new generation European tank) l he European Union is dedicating more and more energy to support security and defence. We will therefore continue to make our convinced contribution to strengthening the Common Security and Defense Policyin the wake of the EU’s aspiration to increasingly achieve greater strategic autonomy, both technological-industrial and in terms of capacity and readiness to intervene, while maintaining the technological supremacy of the West over its competitors”.

As for the difficult situation in the Kosovo“our armed forces and the Carabinieri have been doing and are doing an incredible job in the Balkans for more than 20 years. Before Kosovo, Italy was also a protagonist in the former Yugoslavia, in Bosnia Herzegovina, in Croatia with operations military other than war for the stabilization and maintenance of peace”.

Perego of Cremnago refers to the latest events in Kosovo, “especially in the city-symbol of the interethnic division of Mitrovica”, which “rekindle a hatred that has never died down in which long periods of truce alternate with strong moments of tension, at this moment also due to the critical geopolitical situation generated by the Russian-Ukrainian conflict”.

The role of the Italian military in Kosovo “is very clear, the KFOR mission is the longest-running of NATO and sees more than 3,400 soldiers of the alliance engaged (28 contributing nations). Italy leads the mission, with Gen. Ristuccia ( 27th commander of KFOR and 13th Italian), about 630 men and women of our armed forces with the primary mission of maintaining freedom of movement, assisting local institutions and cooperating internationally to maintain peace in the area and avoid terrorist infiltration” .