Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto spoke about the difficulties of the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), stressing that everyone knows about it. His words are quoted by the ANSA agency.
The head of the defense department noted that he had previously expressed concerns to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky due to the fact that the Russian military has a serious defense and a superior number of fighters. Crosetto met with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and discussed the conflict in Ukraine with him. He noted that the weapons supplied to Kyiv do not undermine the defense capability of Italy.The minister also expressed the opinion that negotiations on a settlement in Ukraine would begin after the end of hostilities. Previously, Crosetto questioned the success of the UAF counteroffensive. He noted that Russia has superiority in the size of the army and equipment with weapons, in addition, it has built a powerful defensive line.