Meloni, victim of two Russian comedians, admits general “tiredness” due to the war in Ukraine | International

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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, like so many Western politicians before her, fell head over heels for a prank played on her by a Russian comedy duo posing as the president of the African Union Commission. The problem – as always happens with the couple of comedians who have previously teased leaders such as the Spanish Pedro Sánchez, the Canadian Justin Trudeau or the former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – is that they extracted information from him about the war in Ukraine with the intention to undermine European morale in the conflict.

Meloni, asked about the matter, admitted that there is fatigue these days in relation to the conflict. “I see that many are tired. To tell the truth, we could be close to the moment when everyone will understand that we need a way out.” The prime minister laments to the supposed African leader the price that Europe has had to pay for the war such as "inflation", "immigration" or "the price of energy." Furthermore, she admits that the Ukraine counteroffensive “may not be going as expected” and that it is also possible that it is developing “without changing the fate of the conflict.”

The Italian Prime Minister also believes that the war could drag on for a long time, but claims to have “some ideas” for a solution to the conflict. “Everyone understands that this can really last for many years if we don't find a solution. The problem is to find a way out that is acceptable to both parties without destroying international law,” she points out. And then she continues: “I have some ideas on how to handle this situation, but I'm looking for the right time to present them.”

The “deception” was carried out by comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, better known as Vovan and Lexus, who also deceived the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida. The prank on Meloni, as admitted by the Chigi Palace press office, occurred on September 18. Now, however, comedians have published it on their networks.

Meloni, furthermore, thinking that the conversation was taking place within the framework of relations with Africa, was critical of the European management of the immigration phenomenon. “For a long time, Europe has believed that it could solve the problem by leaving Italy alone. They do not understand that it is impossible because the magnitude of this phenomenon involves, in my opinion, not only the EU (European Union) but the United Nations,” Meloni is heard saying in the released recording. And then the prime minister adds: “But the problem is that others are not interested. They didn't answer the phone when I called them. “Everyone agrees that Italy has to solve this problem alone and that is a very stupid position.”

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