Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was offended that she was not invited to a meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyi in Paris.

To this, Macron said that the leaders of France and Germany "played a special role" in Ukraine for eight years. 

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In a comment to journalists, Meloni said that "Macron's invitation to Zelenskyi was ill-timed and could harm the case." 

"I believe that our strength lies in community and unity... but there are cases when the preference for internal public opinion can harm the cause, and I think this is one of those cases," said the prime minister, emphasizing that Italy will continue to support Ukraine. 

Emmanuel Macron emphasized that Germany and France were involved in the negotiations in the "Normandy format" and are better oriented in the situation in Ukraine. 

"I have no comments on the statements of Prime Minister Georgia Maloney, I wanted to receive President Zelensky with Chancellor Scholz, I think we have fulfilled our role. Germany and France, as you know, have played a special role for eight years in the matter situation in Ukraine, because we also led this process together, I think it also depends on Zelensky, what format he wants for diplomatic negotiations," Macron said. 

Later, the Italian mass media reported that Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke with Georgia Maloney on February 9 during the summit in Brussels. 

It will be recalled that the President of Ukraine took part in the EU summit in Brussels on February 9.

He addressed the presidents and heads of governments of the European Union with a speech.

The Ukrainian leader thanked for the support of Ukraine and aspirations of Ukrainians to live freely and in a united Europe.

Earlier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Antonio Tajani, said that his country will not transfer tanks to Ukraine, arguing that "they are not fighting with the Russian Federation."

In addition, the Italian diplomat insists on negotiations between the head of the Kremlin, Volodymyr Putin, and the Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

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