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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday (22) that Vladimir Putin. “lowered” To invade Ukraine. According to the Italian politician, whose party Forza Italia It belongs to a right-wing coalition expected to win the country’s general election on Sunday. The Russian president wanted to put “Decent People” In Kiev.
“Putin was pressured by the Russian people, his party, his ministers to create this special operation”Berlusconi told RAI that he accepted the Russian government’s official version of the war.
According to the former prime minister, a longtime friend of Putin, Russia’s plan is to seize Kiev. “in a week” And Replace Volodymyr Zelensky – for a democratically elected president “Government of a Decent People” And go out “in another week”.
Berlusconi issued a statement on Friday in the face of criticism from the opposition. “Oversimplified”.
“Aggression against Ukraine is unjustifiable and unacceptable, condition [da Forza Italia] is clear. We will always be with the EU and NATO”he said.
After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Berlusconi said he saw locals thanking the Russian president when he visited the peninsula with Putin.
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