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 Berlusconi's visit to the Crimea is a provocation - Ukraine's Ambassador to Italy

“The visit of ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to the Crimea is a provocation,” Ukraine's Ambassador to Italy Yevhen Perelyhin addressed Berlusconi as the leader of "Forza Italia" political party.

Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda

In his address, the diplomat said that the visit of Berlusconi to the Crimea is a direct challenge to the territorial integrity of Ukraine, since it ignores the consolidated position of the EU, U.S. and the United Nations not to recognize the occupation of the Crimea by Russia.

According to Ambassador Perelyhin, such an act does not do Berlusconi credit. Moreover, the politician has lost the moral right to be an impartial mediator in the peace process in this part of Europe.

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi became the most prominent Western politician to visit Russian-annexed Crimea when he strolled beside the Black Sea on Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin and Berlusconi, known for their warm rapport going back more than a decade, laid flowers at a monument commemorating soldiers who fell in a 19th century war over Crimea. They included troops of the Kingdom of Sardinia, part of modern-day Italy.

Scandalous Berlusconi was Italy's premier on four occasions and was ousted finally in 2011 in the midst of the euro zone financial crisis. He now commands a party largely in disarray and falling in the polls.

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The Interfax-Ukraine news agency, meanwhile, said that a meeting was in the works between Berlusconi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Italy does not recognise Russia's annexation of the Crimea. Neither do the majority of member states of the United Nations.
 
 
 
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