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Ex-Italian PM Berlusconi sympathizes with referendums in eastern Ukraine

Published time: May 19, 2014 12:19
Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.(AFP Photo / Giuseppe Cacace)

Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.(AFP Photo / Giuseppe Cacace)

The former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has declared, in an interview with Die Welt, that he understands the decision of the Lugansk and Donetsk people’s republics to split from Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian economy is currently in a difficult position. It seems reasonable to me when people from regions where conditions are most prosperous demand to declare independence,” the ex-premier told Die Welt.

The ex-premier also underlined that there are other reasons the eastern Ukrainians have a right to ask for independence.
"Their attitude to the current rulers in Kiev is extremely negative,” he said.

Also, Berlusconi expressed his sympathy with the Russian position.

It will be very unfortunate if Russia again finds itself in isolation because of the events in Ukraine, the ex-prime minister said.

On Sunday, hundreds of Italians participated in protests in Rome, in front of the Ukrainian embassy, against European media distorting news reports about the situation in Ukraine.

"No to fascism, no to war, no to NATO in Ukraine!" the participants of the peaceful protest chanted.

"No one in Italy knows the truth about what's happening in Ukraine. We're being fed nothing but falsehoods. We must awaken our people, and slowly but surely they are becoming more aware," Julietto Kieza, organizer of the rally, public activist, prominent journalist and an ex-member of the European Parliament told the Itar-Tass news agency.

Kieza called the current situation not just a “regional crisis,” but "an unparalleled threat to all."

Hugo Moro, one of the rally's participants, said that the Italians wanted to express their solidarity with the Ukrainians who had fallen "victims to conspiracy and the new Nazi government in Kiev."

Russia, in its turn, Kieza said, is "the only country capable of opposing the ever-present dictate of the US."

The inaugural Rome rally spread across Italy, and, according to Kieza’s words, took place in about 50 cities.

On May 11, eastern Ukraine conducted a referendum, with the supporters of federalization in Lugansk and Donetsk declaring sovereignty.

The authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic also announced their intentions to unite with the Lugansk People’s Republic and all of southeastern Ukraine.

The latest announcement comes amid the ongoing military operation that has taken the lives of dozens of Ukrainian army forces, and self-defense troops.

The presidential election in Ukraine is set to take place on May 25.

Comments (18)


fran7 21.05.2014 06:02

Well , Well, Well there's life in the old dog yet. I'm not one of his fans but he,s spot on here. The people of the east Ukraine have had a democratic vote for independence from the illegal Kiev government who used bombs and bullets to kill both sides to oust the legal government and get a pat on the head from the USA and EU for doing this illegal act. Shame on you USA government and EU.


Veta Maria 20.05.2014 23:24

Berlusconi was a real man, so zionists in charge doesnt like him, they only like conchita wurst anyway. media that belongs to banksters is not media at all, is only an instrument to get zombified people like nazis in kiev. but, as soon as their fake dollar will crumble and Christian states like Republic of Texas will implement their gold and silver standard all is finished with the "feds". they know that and are desperate to provoke WW3. eventually they will get what they want, so now, before its too late people must wake up.


Gigel 19.05.2014 18:54

Hehehe @ Belrusconi. It's easy to say that when you're not PM of Italy anymore. I just love the politicians... when they have zero power they are so fair-minded and correct... Once they get back in power, they become the old muppets they used to be.

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