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While NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg likes to present a picture of unity within the alliance, not everyone is fully onboard with the NATO narrative about confrontation with Russia.

Italian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Antonio Tajani reiterated yesterday that the weapons Rome sends to Ukraine cannot be used for strikes against Russia, TASS reported from Prague yesterday. “Italy has been, is and will continue to help Ukraine defend its independence, both with economic and military aid. But we will not send a single Italian soldier to fight in Ukraine, nor can our weapons be used outside Ukrainian territory, as our constitution does not allow it. We are not at war with Russia, we are only defending Ukraine’s freedom,” he said.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto firmly rejected Stoltenberg’s plan to spend 40 billion euros a year to keep the Ukraine war going. “Of course, I noted that Hungary will only make a financial contribution if, under the Washington treaty, there is a war in Europe,” he said at a press briefing broadcast by M1 television, reported TASS. As nobody is threatening NATO now, Hungary disagrees with the alliance’s position here, he underscored.

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