Silvio Berlusconi defends Putin in live recording

Silvio Berlusconi defends Putin in live recording

In Italy, Giorgia Meloni wants to be the first woman in the history of the republic to be sworn into the highest government office on Sunday. However, this historical development is overshadowed by repeated recordings of the former prime minister’s confidential speech Silvio Berlusconi before the parliamentarians of his Christian Democratic party, Forza Italia, late last week. In the recently released recording, the 86-year-old politician and businessman claims that the leadership in Kyiv led by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is responsible for the war in Ukraine, and provoked Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade the country with repeated attacks.

Matthias Rub

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta based in Rome.

The designated prime minister was unnerved melon handed her disruptive ally Berlusconi an ultimatum: “I intend to lead a government whose foreign policy is clear and unambiguous. Italy is a proud member of the EU and NATO. Anyone who does not agree with this cannot be part of this government. Even if that means that this government will not come into existence in the first place.”

In front of the parliamentarians of his party Forza Italia, who in the early parliamentary elections on September 25 behind Meloni’s right-wing conservative brothers in Italy with 26 percent of the votes and the right-wing Lega of the former interior minister Matteo Salvini with just under nine percent and a good eight percent of the vote, Berlusconi declared, according to the recording published by the news agency “LaPresse”: “Do you know how the matter with Russia happened? But I ask you for maximum secrecy.”

Berlusconi embarrasses Meloni

Berlusconi then lectures that, despite the 2014 Minsk peace agreement to settle the conflict over the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass, the Kiev leadership around President Zelenskyy has “tripled” its attacks on the Russian-occupied areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. As a result, “the Donbass republics sent a delegation to Moscow and said to Putin: ‘Defend us!'” Putin, according to Berlusconi, was against such an approach, but “under great pressure from the Russian people” his friend Putin finally “invented the special operation”, Berlusconi can be heard in the recording. According to Berlusconi, Putin’s plan was to overthrow the Zelenskyi government in Kyiv and to replace it with a “leadership of decent and reasonable people”.

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