Former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi defended the invasion of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to Ukraine, claiming that he was “pushed” to war by Russian nationalists. This is reported BBC.
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The 85-year-old politician said the legend of Ukrainian government killings of Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine was created by the media in Moscow.
Reporting promoted by separatist forces and nationalist politicians in the Russian government left Putin no choice but to launch a “limited invasion,” Berlusconi said.
“The Russian population, his party and his ministers forced Putin to invent this special operation,” the Italian politician said.
“The troops were supposed to enter, reach Kyiv in a week, replace the government Zelensky decent people and return in a week,” Berlusconi continued. “Instead, they met with unexpected resistance, which was then fueled by weapons of all kinds from the West.”
The three-time prime minister of Italy is a longtime ally of the Russian president.
This weekend (September 25) his Forza Italia party is expected to come to power as part of a right-wing coalition in the general elections in Italy.
Berlusconi’s center-right party is a junior partner in an alliance backed by the far-right Brothers of Italy, led by Giorgia Meloni, and the populist Liga North, led by Matteo Salvini. Polls showed that the bloc would get the majority.
Meloni, who is expected to head any potential government, promised the Italians to continue to support Ukraine.
- In April, Berlusconi condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and said he was deeply disappointed and saddened by Putin’s behavior, adding that the massacres of civilians in Bucha and other localities were real war crimes.
- In early September, Berlusconi said he could mediate peace talks between Zelensky and Putin. He also sees the ex-Chancellor of Germany in this role. Angela Merkel. The President’s Office called Berlusconi’s proposal strange.
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