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Giorgia Meloni says Italy will never be 'the weak link' in western alliance

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Giorgia Meloni has promised that Italy will never be a “weak link” in the western alliance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, after possible government coalition partner Silvio Berlusconi was recorded blaming Kiev for the war.

Italy’s Brotherhood leader, who is expected to be appointed prime minister in the coming days, said Wednesday evening that his government will have a “clear, clear foreign policy line” and will demand “clarity” from everyone. ministers on this

“Italy is fully and headstrong, part of Europe and NATO,” he said. Anyone who does not accept this milestone cannot be a part of government – ​​even if that means not forming a government.”

He continued: “With our government, Italy will never be the weak link in the west, the unreliable nation invaluable to many driving forces.”

Berlusconi’s harsh statement came hours after another explosive audio track was leaked, in which Berlusconi openly blamed Ukraine and president Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the war and unleashed political outrage.

Berlusconi, owner of Forza Italia, one of three parties in Meloni’s victorious right-wing coalition, claimed in the recording that Ukraine’s violation of the 2014 Minsk agreements gave Russian President Vladimir Putin no choice but to “invent a special operation”. The new government of “honest, sane people”.

The Minsk agreements were an attempt to stop the war eight years ago after Russian forces intervened in the Donbas war to support separatists in the east of the country.

Ukraine “threw the deal through hell and started attacking,” the 86-year-old former prime minister said, according to an audio recording leaked to Forza Italia lawmakers.

He added that western military and financial support to the Zelenskyy government meant “the war has changed from a two-week operation to a 200-odd year war.”

The explosive recording comes right after another embarrassingly leaked audio track in which Berlusconi describes rekindling his old friendship with Putin after the Russian leader sent him 20 bottles of vodka and a “sweet letter” for his birthday. The former prime minister said he responded by sending bottles of Lambrusco and another “sweet letter”.

Berlusconi’s open respect for Putin and criticism of Zelenskyy drew fierce criticism, just as president Sergio Mattarella is expected to formally invite Meloni to form a government in the coming days.

The leader of the Brotherhood of Italy harshly criticized Russia’s invasion and pledged to continue Rome’s firm support for Ukraine, following the line set by outgoing prime minister Mario Draghi.

But Berlusconi’s pro-Putin stance, given that Meloni sympathizes with Putin, is disappointed with Western sanctions against Russia, and trusts two allies – Berlusconi and Union’s Matteo Salvini – who have expressed concern has cast serious doubts on his ability to pursue pro-pro-politics. About military aid to Kiev.

However, Antonio Tajani, another prominent Forza Italia leader who is slated to become foreign minister, quickly moved to distance himself from Berlusconi’s comments.

On Wednesday evening on Twitter, Tajani approved Forza Italia’s support for the Ukrainians praises them as “heroes who don’t give up in the face of the horrors of war”. The work they did to defend democracy and freedom will forever be written in history.”

In a separate tweet, he added: “We have always supported freedom and condemned the Russian occupation.”

Billionaire media mogul Berlusconi also embarrassed Meloni when he defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a national television interview a few days before the September 25 elections.