On behalf of the President of Ukraine and the Head of the Office of the President, the first round of consultations with Italy on the conclusion of a bilateral agreement on security guarantees, as provided for in the G7 Joint Declaration on Support for Ukraine, has begun.

This was reported by the website of the Office of the President.

The Ukrainian negotiating group was headed by Deputy Head of the Office of the President Ihor Zhovkva.

"Ukraine has already started bilateral consultations with all G7 countries, including Italy. It is Italy that will preside over the Group of Seven next year. We appreciate the significant contribution of our Italian friends to the defense of Ukraine and the approach of common victory. Italy's provision of security guarantees to Ukraine will be an important step towards bringing our country's membership in the EU and NATO closer," Zhovkva stressed.

The interlocutors discussed approaches to the content and format of the future bilateral agreement, as well as agreed on a schedule for further communication.

To recap, the European Union presented to the member states a plan to provide Ukraine with long-term security commitments. It will be discussed by the leaders of the bloc in December 2023. It will also form the basis of consultations with Kyiv and the G<> countries. What the partners offer and whether it will affect the course of the war - read in the TSN.ua article.

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