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Berlusconi: Putin inspired to go to war

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Ahead of elections in Italy, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is polarizing the country. A longtime friend of the Russian president has his own theory about how the war in Ukraine happened and who was responsible.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sparked controversy with statements about Vladimir Putin just before parliamentary elections. The 85-year-old claimed in a television interview that Kremlin leaders invaded Ukraine under pressure. “President Putin was prompted by the Russian people, certain political parties and ministers to come up with this special operation,” Berlusconi said at Rye.

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Berlusconi was a friend of the Russian president and was reluctant to condemn aggression after the war broke out. He uses the term deliberately because representatives of two self-proclaimed republics called on Putin to intervene in February. They persuaded Putin by claiming that Ukraine was attacking the region more and more violently.

In addition, the leader of Forza Italia, the party most likely to win Sunday’s elections as a small partner in the right-wing coalition, said Putin wants to replace Volodymyr Zelensky’s government in Kyiv with a “government of decent people”. In addition to his politics, the media entrepreneur’s statement, which gained prominence through the scandal, surprised all those fearing that Italy would turn to Russia after the election.

Salvini as Putin’s press secretary

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In addition to Berlusconi, Matteo Salvini is also part of the right-wing camp. The Rega representative is a long-time Putin fan and has criticized Western sanctions against Moscow. Center candidate Carlo Calenda called Berlusconi’s appearance “truly tragic” and the founder of Forza Italia “something between Putin’s press spokesman and military adviser”. Former Social Democratic Prime Minister Enrico Letta tweeted on Friday: “I have no words to comment on this.”

On Thursday, the Russian embassy in Rome triggered a Facebook post that published photos of Italian politicians at meetings with President Putin over the past few years. , Giuseppe Conte, Matteo Renzi, Luigi Di Maio, and even the predecessors of President Sergio Mattarella and Giorgio Napolitano. “From the recent history of Russian-Italian relations,” it said. “There is something you must remember.”

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Source: N-TV

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