Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni admitted to growing “international fatigue” with the war in Ukraine when she was the victim of a phone call by two Russian pranksters posing as the head of the African Union Commission.
The 13-minute audio of the September phone call was released online on Wednesday, November 1 by popular Russians Vovan and Lexus, who are known to con Western politicians and celebrities.
In a phone call, which Meloni’s office agreed in a statement, on September 18, the Italian prime minister was duped by fraudsters who said the international community was withdrawing support for Ukraine because the war had dragged on for almost 2 years.
She also told a Russian joker, assuming he was the head of the African Union Commission, that Italy lacked support in dealing with the influx of migration from Ukraine. “We need a way out,” she told the caller. “The problem is to find a way out that can be acceptable to both without destroying international law,” she said when asked what she thought of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
“I see that there is a lot of fatigue, I have to say the truth, from all sides. We (are) close to the moment when everyone understands that we need a way out,” Meloni said, according to an English translation. her interview.
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Italian Prime Minister Meloni also lamented during the phone call that Ukraine’s international partners and staunchest allies are not doing enough to help, referring to Italy being the first port of call for Ukrainian migrants crossing the Mediterranean. There is a general fatigue that has clouded the allies, Meloni said. “Everyone agrees that only Italy has to solve this problem alone. It’s a very stupid way of thinking,” the Italian prime minister added.
Meloni is among the world leaders who have shared their real views on the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, said Lexus joker Alexey Stolyarov. “Unfortunately, unlike her, many European politicians behave like some kind of programmed robot and express opinions that are only expressed in their circles,” he told Reuters by phone. He spoke while Vovan was also listening in on the call with Meloni, he reportedly added.
Earlier, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine, General Valery Zaluzhny, admitted in an interview that the war between Russia and Ukraine has reached a stalemate and that there will most likely not be any deep and beautiful breakthrough, as the soldiers are engaged in heavy fighting for just a few miles of territory.
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