World: debate about Russian influence on parliamentary election in Italy

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statements by Russian ex-President Dmitri Medvedev, according to which voters in Europe were supposed to "punish" their "stupid governments", have triggered a debate about possible electoral influence by Moscow shortly before the parliamentary election in Italy . "Russian interference" was the title of the daily "La Repubblica" on Friday. The headline at "IL Messaggero" was similar, while the "Corriere della Sera" wrote: "Russia is bothered by the election in Italy".

Äußerungen des russischen Ex-Präsidenten Dmitri Medwedew, wonach die Wähler in Europa ihre © Claudio Peri statements by the Russian ex-President Dmitri Medvedev, according to which voters in Europe were supposed to punish their "stupid" governments ", have triggered a debate about possible election by Moscow shortly before the parliamentary election in Italy.

in a long contribution in the online service Telegram wrote Medledew on Thursday that Russia only wanted "that European citizens are rebelled against the actions of their governments", but also "hold them responsible and punish them for their obvious stupidity". "So act, European neighbors! Does not stay silent! Asks for an account!" Asked Medledew, who is currently Vice Chairman of the Russian Security Council.

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Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio condemned the contribution as "Russia's interference in the election in Italy" and demanded that the Italian parties should be opposed. The head of the Mitte-left party PD, Enrico Letta, said Moscow trying to change the direction of Italian foreign policy, which from the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine "is very clear alongside the EU and NATO".

The government of the outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi had sharply condemned the Russian invasion in Ukraine and supported Kyiv with arms deliveries and humanitarian aid.

If, as predicted, a right-wing election alliance wins the parliamentary election on September 25, Italian Russia policy could change. While the ultra -right Fratelli d'Italia of Giorgia Meloni are on the side of Ukraine, both the Lega of the right -wing populist Matteo Salvini and the Forza Italia of the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Lega closed a cooperation pact with Putin's party in 2017.

Salvini, who had liked to posed in T-shirts with Putin portrait in the past, emphasized on Friday that he had "not been in Russia for years". Moscow "does not have the slightest influence on the choice in Italy," he said at a appearance in Milan.

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