He believes that the Russian army should have simply replaced the government of Ukraine.
Former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “drawn” into the war in Ukraine.
He said this on Italian television, he writes BBC.
According to him, the Russian army should have replaced the government of Ukraine with “decent people”.
“The troops were supposed to enter, reach Kyiv in a week, replace Zelenskyi’s government with decent people and return in a week,” Berlusconi said.
He noted that the story about the murder of Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine was created by the Russian mass media, and reports promoted by separatist forces and nationalist politicians “left Putin no other choice.”
“The Russian population, his party and his ministers pushed Putin to invent this special operation. Instead, they met unexpected resistance, which was then fueled by weapons of all kinds from the west,” the politician said.
The publication notes that on September 25, Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party may come to power in the general elections in Italy.
Opposition leaders have already condemned his words, and Center Party leader Carlo Calenda accused him of speaking “like General Putin.”
Afterwards, Berlusconi said that his words were “too simplistic”.
“Aggression against Ukraine is unjustified and unacceptable, position [Forza Italia] gums. We will always be with the EU and NATO,” he added.
Friendship between Berlusconi and Putin
In April, a longtime friend of the Russian dictator said that he had always considered Putin “a man of democracy and peace”, but now disappointed by him.
Even later, he said that Europe should unite and try to force the government of Ukraine to accept Russia’s demands. According to him, it will not work to bring Putin to the negotiating table with the help of harsh statements.
He also stated that sending “weapons to Ukraine makes Italy an accomplice in this conflict.”
At the end of June, journalists wrote that Italy can send howitzers to Ukraine.