December 5, 2022

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He blames Ukraine for war: Berlusconi defends Putin’s attack on Ukraine

He blamed Ukraine for the war
Berlusconi defends Putin’s attack on Ukraine

Italy’s ex-prime minister is irritating. During an appearance, Berlusconi claims that Russian President Putin gave him “20 bottles of vodka” for his birthday. Now another recording of the speech shows how he wants to legitimize Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi expressed his understanding of the Russian attack on Ukraine before members of parliament from his party Forza Italia. “Do you know how the thing with Russia happened? But I ask you for the utmost secrecy,” the 86-year-old said in a recording of the performance, published by the LaPresse news agency in the evening.

In it he accused Ukraine of violating the 2014 Minsk peace accords and attacking “newly established republics in the Donbass”. Then they asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help. Already on Tuesday, LaPresse released excerpts from audio material it obtained, in which Berlusconi said he was back in touch with Putin. “I have somewhat restored my relationship with President Putin,” Berlusconi said in a recording published by the Labres news agency.

Putin sent him “20 bottles of vodka and a very kind letter” for his birthday, the former Italian prime minister continued. He “replied with bottles of Lambrusco and an equally beautiful letter”. However, Berlusconi’s spokesman denied that the former prime minister had renewed his relationship with Putin. Berlusconi said it was “an old story” about an incident “many years ago”.

Berlusconi’s party wants to form a new government alongside election winner Giorgia Meloni and right-wing extremist Fratelli d’Italia, led by right-wing populist Lega. “Berlusconi’s statements are too radical and incompatible with the position of Italy and Europe,” criticized Social Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta. “Berlusconi’s words show that Forza Italia is an unreliable party and clearly aligned with Russia,” tweeted Carlo Calenda of Azione’s centrist party.

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