The previous Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, stated in an interview with Italian tv final evening that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “pressured” to invade Ukraine, which Berlusconi known as a “navy operation”, whereas utilizing the Russian terminology for warfare.
Berlusconi added that Moscow’s closing resolution to invade Ukraine got here following an enchantment by the pro-Russian separatist leaders, who claimed within the Kremlin that they wanted safety, in any other case they didn’t know “how they might proceed from right here on.”
“The Russian plan was to overcome Kyiv in a couple of week, change President Vladimir Zelensky with a authorities with respectable individuals, and depart Ukraine after one other week,” the previous prime minister added. “I don’t perceive why the Russian troopers unfold throughout Ukraine, when for my part, they need to have targeted primarily on Kiev.”
Berlusconi’s phrases come towards the backdrop of Putin’s announcement this week of partial mobilization for the wants of the warfare in Ukraine, and the profitable counterattack by the Ukrainians that has succeeded in liberating no less than 40 settlements so removed from the palms of the Russian occupation.
The Italian authorities underneath Mario Draghi, who resigned final July, clearly supported the imposition of Western financial sanctions on Russia. Then again, Berlusconi, who belongs to a right-wing coalition anticipated to realize victory within the common elections this coming Sunday, has repeatedly expressed his help for Putin’s actions in Ukraine, actions which have highlighted the rift and division throughout the Italian authorities.