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Ukraine and Italy start negotiations on security guarantees agreement

Ukraine and Italy start negotiations on security guarantees agreement Ukraine and Italy start negotiations on concluding an agreement on security guarantees (
Author: Maria Kholina

Under the direction of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, negotiations have commenced with Italy for the conclusion of a bilateral agreement on security guarantees for Ukraine, as outlined in the Joint Declaration of the G7 countries, according to the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

According to reports, the Ukrainian negotiating team is led by Deputy Head of the Office of the President Ihor Zhovkva.

"Ukraine has already initiated bilateral consultations with all G7 countries, including Italy. Italy will assume the presidency of the Group of Seven next year. We appreciate the significant contribution of our Italian friends to the defense of Ukraine and the pursuit of shared victories. Italy providing security guarantees to Ukraine will be a crucial step towards our country's closer integration into the EU and NATO," emphasized Zhovkva.

The negotiators discussed approaches to the content and format of the future bilateral agreement, and they have decided on the schedule for further communication.

Security guarantees for Ukraine

On July 11-12, the Group of Seven countries signed a declaration on security guarantees for Ukraine in Vilnius, aiming to prevent a repeat of Russia's invasion before Ukraine becomes a NATO member.

Other countries have also joined the Vilnius Declaration on security guarantees, and the list is expanding.

Recently, Ukraine and Germany initiated the first round of negotiations on bilateral security guarantees.

In addition, Ukraine has started bilateral negotiations on security guarantees with the United States and the United Kingdom.