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Prime Minister Draghi’s statement with President Biden

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

President of the Council of Ministers Mario Draghi’s statement during his meeting at the White House with the President of the United States of America, Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Let me say it’s a great pleasure to be with you here today.
Thanks for this invitation, thanks for this magnificent hospitality.
The ties between our two countries have always been very strong and, if anything, this war in Ukraine made them stronger.
If Putin ever thought that he could divide us, he failed. There’s no question about that.
We stand together in condemning the invasion of Ukraine, in sanctioning Russia and in helping Ukraine as President Zelensky is asking us to do.
I have to tell you that in Italy and in Europe now, people want to put an end to these massacres, to this violence, to this butchery that is happening.
People think about what we can do to bring peace.
We certainly have to use any direct/indirect channel, communication - but is that enough? What can we do?
People think, at least they want to think, about the possibility of bringing a ceasefire and starting again with some credible negotiations. That's the situation right now.
I think that we have to think deeply on how to address this.
We will continue, you and I, to work on energy security, food security especially – which is now another issue and we’ll talk later about that, about what to do.
The other thing I will say - I don't think we'll discuss this later – but what happened in Ukraine is going to bring a drastic change in the European Union. We’ve always been close; now we’re going to be much closer.
I know I can count on your support as a true friend of Europe, and of Italy of course.
Thank you, Joe.