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Berlusconi says Putin was compelled to invade Ukraine

On the eve of Italy’s election, Berlusconi offers his model of Russia’s struggle in Ukraine.

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi got here to the defence of Vladimir Putin on Italian tv on Thursday night time, claiming the Russian president was “pushed” into ordering the invasion of Ukraine.

Berlusconi, the chief of the centre-right Forza Italia celebration, made his controversial feedback on the prime time present Porta a Porta on Italian state tv community RAI, days earlier than Italy votes in a basic election on Sunday.

Forza Italia kinds a part of a rightist alliance, with the far-right Fratelli d’Italia of Giorgia Meloni and the right-wing Lega of Matteo Salvini, that’s anticipated to win the election this weekend.

The programme’s host Bruno Vespa famous that Putin has “determined to accentuate and recall the reservists, to threaten – albeit not directly – the usage of nuclear energy after the invasion of Ukraine”, asking Berlusconi what occurred to his “previous pal”.

Berlusconi, who earlier than the struggle in Ukraine had lengthy boasted of his 20-year friendship with Putin, claimed the Russian president had “fallen right into a troublesome and dramatic state of affairs” after a delegation from “the 2 pro-Russian republics of Donbass went to Moscow” to talk to ministers and perform a media marketing campaign.

In Berlusconi’s model of occasions, the delegation mentioned that Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky had “elevated the assaults of his forces in opposition to us and our borders, we’ve reached 16,000 useless, defend us as a result of in the event you do not, we do not know the place we are able to go.”

The Donbass mission in Moscow – in keeping with Berlusconi – noticed Putin “pushed by the Russian folks, his celebration and his ministers to invent this particular operation”.

The Forza Italia chief, 85, went on to assert that the plan was for Russian troops to enter Ukraine and attain Kyiv “inside every week” and “exchange Zelensky’s authorities with a authorities of first rate folks” earlier than returning to Russia every week later.

Nevertheless they have been met with “sudden resistance” from Ukrainian troopers, geared up with “arms of every kind” provided by the West, Berlusconi mentioned, including that in his view Russian forces ought to have stayed round Kyiv slightly than unfold out throughout Ukraine.

Berlusconi additionally harassed that he “feels unhealthy” when he hears concerning the deaths “as a result of I’ve all the time believed that struggle is the best insanity of all.”



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