“The fear in the EU capital is that Italy will, at best, become a weak link in the overall strategy of confronting Moscow, and at worst, a Trojan horse in the service of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the publication says.
The publication also refers to diplomatic sources, according to which Italy has recently become a place of attraction for “neutral theories”.
Brussels is concerned about this position, since Rome depends on the supply of Russian hydrocarbons.
According to the observer, anti-Russian sanctions only harm the EU economy, but do not affect Russian military power.
Meanwhile, The National Interest columnist Jason Davidson also said that the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi would negatively affect both the relations between Rome and Kyiv, and the “unity of the Western countries against Russia.”
In his opinion, the position of Italy after the departure of Draghi on the conflict in Ukraine may change significantly.
In February, Draghi took a firm stand in favor of Ukraine and against Russia. Now the West can expect that the future Italian government will refuse any new military assistance to Ukraine. In June, a public poll already showed that the Italian public registered the lowest level of support in the G7.
On July 21, Italian President Sergio Mattarella signed a decree calling for early parliamentary elections on September 25.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio cited political forces that “wink at Russian President Vladimir Putin” as the reason for the collapse of the government.
Draghi first announced his intention to resign on 14 July. It was noted that the reason is the lack of support from one of the country’s leading parties, the 5 Star Movement, which did not support the parliamentary vote of confidence and rejected the anti-crisis measures in the economy and energy presented by the Draghi team.
However, Mattarella did not accept the resignation and suggested that the prime minister come to parliament “for a speech in order to assess the situation that arose as a result of the meeting in the Senate of the Republic on the spot.” On July 21, Draghi again announced his desire to retire.