In an interview with Il Messaggero, the Defense Minister states that “the stakes are high” and Europe “cannot worry only about the escalation of landings” but “must think about the fate of a continent which in fifteen, twenty years will have two and a half billion inhabitants”. And he reiterates his support for Kiev
“Either Europe helps Tunisia and Africa to grow or it will have no future”. Defense Minister Guido Crosetto has no doubts and after Prime Minister Meloni’s visit to Tunis in an interview with Il Messaggero he says that “we must not become obsessed with just one solution but try to reach the goal” because “what is at stake is high” and Europe “cannot worry only about the escalation of landings” but “must think about the fate of a continent which in fifteen, twenty years will have two and a half billion inhabitants” and “if it does not act, it will leave the ‘Africa under the influence of Russia and China, who want to exploit it just like the European colonialists a century ago.” Therefore, according to the defense minister, “the lack of help from the West not only puts Tunisia in difficulty, it hands it over to powers that would like to use it to put the West in crisis in a few years”. And the concept should be explained to the United States, which he asks to release the funds: “It’s strange having to make them understand” because “certain things shouldn’t be explained”, he says.
Crosetto: “Italy remains at the side of the Ukrainian resistance”
Crosetto also argues that “in Africa the first concern is the destabilization of the Sahel through terrorism and the infiltration of foreign powers into the institutions of these countries” therefore “illegal immigration controlled by criminal organizations is a secondary derivative, a wake-up call alarm whose potential seriousness we grasp because we are the closest nation”. As for NATO, “it has its strategic priorities” but in any case “a rethinking of the mission and the rules of engagement of our armed forces is necessary. Up until recent years they were structured as forces to be used in peace operations, today they can be increasingly called upon to play the role of special forces”, but the defense minister guarantees that “Italy is and remains at the side of the Ukrainian resistance against Russian aggression” however “obviously, every day we cultivate the hope that the war ends and that this aid is no longer necessary” concludes Crosetto.