Rome, (EFE).- The statements of the former president and leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, on the intentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin to start the war in Ukraine have caused controversy in Italy, which organizes general elections on Sunday .

The magnate assured Thursday evening in an interview with the program “Porta a Porta” – of the public television channel RAI – that Putin had started the conflict pushed by his ministers and his party and with the aim of “replacing the Zelensky government by a decent government people.”

According to Berlusconi, Putin “fell” in starting the war because “a mission from the two pro-Russian republics of Donbass informed him that the Ukrainian president had increased the attacks of his forces against them and their borders, and
that the troops must enter, in a week reach Kyiv, replace the Zelensky government with a government of honest people and in a week return.

Criticism of his political rivals

These statements by the former Prime Minister on the Russian invasion of Ukraine have been harshly criticized by various political rivals of Berlusconi in Italy.

For the Secretary General of the Democratic Party (PD), Enrico Letta, “it is unimaginable to hear these ramblings” from a Western leader.

“(Berlusconi’s) sentences are subversive words. He spoke like a general of Putin, it’s something very serious”, criticized the leader of the Acción party, Carlo Calenda.

Shades of Berlusconi

Faced with the controversy generated by his remarks, Berluconi specified this Friday that the aggression against Ukraine is “unjustifiable and unacceptable”.

“It was enough to see the entire interview, not just an extrapolated sentence, to understand what my thought and that of Forza Italia are: we will always be with the EU and NATO”, wrote the quadruple president Italian on social networks. .

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