Berlusconi claims Russians ‘pushed’ Putin into Ukraine war

Berlusconi claims Russians ‘pushed’ Putin into Ukraine war

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s three-time former prime minister, whose party is forecast to return to government after the general election on Sunday, has sparked a row after defending the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, over the war in Ukraine. The 85-year-old billionaire told Italian TV that Putin, an old friend of his, was pushed to invade Ukraine by the Russian people and by ministers who wanted Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s administration replaced with “decent people”. Berlusconi, who has condemned the war, told the chatshow …