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6/21, 3:51 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Draghi: Italy supports Ukraine's EU candidacy

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi stated on Tuesday that Italy supports Ukraine's candidacy for membership in the European Union, adding that sanctions against Russia are effective.

Speaking before the Senate ahead of the European Council decision on the country's candidate status on June 23-24, the Italian prime minister explained that the country along with the Group of Seven (G7), will continue to support Ukraine, emphasizing that "only an agreed and not suffered peace can be truly lasting."

"The blockade of ports binds millions of tons of wheat," said the prime minister, adding that cereal production in Ukraine could drop by about 50%, stressing that the United Nations mission is needed to unblock the wheat from the ports.

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