Silvio Berlusconi wants to convince Vladimir Putin to withdraw

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Ukrainian warRussian withdrawal before Christmas? Berlusconi wants to decide

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi believes that he has a major influence on the head of the Kremlin. Putin had previously ignored calls from Berlusconi for a long time.

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Silvio Berlusconi wants to act as a peacemaker between Russia and Ukraine.

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So he is confident that he can convince Putin to withdraw his troops from Ukraine before Christmas.

So he is confident that he can convince Putin to withdraw his troops from Ukraine before Christmas.

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According to Berlusconi, the two are said to be good friends – he is even one of only five friends that Vladimir Putin has.

According to Berlusconi, the two are said to be good friends – he is even one of only five friends that Vladimir Putin has.

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It’s about it

  • Silvio Berlusconi wants to convince Putin to withdraw his troops from Ukraine before Christmas.

  • The former Italian prime minister is apparently optimistic about finding a peaceful solution that does not undermine NATO’s position.

  • It is not clear where the optimism comes from – it did not reach Russian President Berlusconi at the beginning of the war.

Silvio Berlusconi sees himself as “the only person” who can mediate between warring parties Russia and Ukraine and ensure peace. With this statement, the Italian Secretary of State for Culture, Vittorio Sgarbi, told the British magazine «The Spectator» attracted attention. Berlusconi wants to convince the head of the Kremlin to withdraw from Ukraine before Christmas.

“Private jet ready”

There are currently none direct negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow for the cessation of hostilities. Berlusconi now wants to change that. “He thinks he can do it. And if he can do that without undermining NATO’s position, he could go down in history as a hero,” Sgarbi said. His private jet is ready.

Putin and Berlusconi became friends during Berlusconi’s tenure as Prime Minister. Although Putin says he counts Berlusconi among his only five friends, Berlusconi was unable to contact the Russian president by phone at the start of the war. It is not clear why this should change now.

Dar vodka violated sanctions

It is said that the 86-year-old senator even received gifts from Moscow for his birthday – namely 20 bottles of vodka. When his party entered government, Berlusconi denied receiving such a gift, fearing it would undermine EU policy towards Russia. In addition to the political scandal, Berlusconi also violated Accepting a donation even against EU sanctions.

After the incident, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni felt compelled to take a clear stand: “I intend to lead a government with a clear and unambiguous foreign policy line. Italy is a full and high-ranking member of the EU and NATO. Those who do not agree will not be able to be part of the government.”

Despite the apparent unity in politics, the Italian population is seething. In early November, around 100,000 people gathered in Rome to demonstrate against arms shipments to Ukraine. According to polls, most Italians would like Ukraine to join peace talks with the Kremlin around President Zelensky writes today.at.

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