December 7, 2022

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EU says vodka given to Berlusconi by Putin violates sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent 20 bottles of vodka to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as a birthday present last month in violation of European sanctions on Moscow. Invasion of UkraineThe European Commission announced this Thursday (20).

Berlusconi, who turned 86 on September 29, caused a stir this week He said in an audio The person who reconnected with Putin reportedly received a “very kind letter” from him with drinks. The two were very close, but separated after the start of the Ukrainian War.

Berlusconi reportedly replied, “A few bottles of Lambrusco [tipo de vinho produzido na Itália]”.

A collection European Union sanctions The deal in April extended the ban on imports of Russian products to include spirits, including vodka, a European Commission spokesman said on Thursday. He added that there is no exception for gifts. However, it is the responsibility of each EU country to implement the sanctions, and it is unclear whether Italy will address the matter.

Berlusconi is now in the spotlight as his party looks to form a right-wing coalition Italy’s new governmentBerlusconi is scheduled to officially launch with Giorgia Meloni as Prime Minister in the next few days.

Last week, photographs circulated on social media of a reference to the former prime minister, leader of the Brothers of Italy party, as arrogant, domineering and offensive. Later, he reiterated that he would be Meloney’s advisor.

In the audio, Berlusconi says that he is very concerned about the situation in Ukraine, but cannot express his real opinion on the matter. [ela] Come out in the press, there will be a disaster.” Last month, the Italian leader criticized Putin for saying he was pushed into the war because he wanted to put “decent people” in charge of Kiev.

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In response to Berlusconi’s comments, Meloni, who had already taken a strong stance against the war in Ukraine, Your government will be pro-Europe Pro-NATOMilitary Alliance of the West.

The reconciliation speech was sent to delegates in an audio recording and published by an Italian news agency on Tuesday (18). Berlusconi’s Forza, Italy’s party spokesman, denied any contact with Putin, saying the audio was old story.