Berlusconi: Crimean referendum 'valid' & 'democratic'

Italy's controversial ex-PM noted that people of Crimea are happy that they are not subject to the current Ukrainian government

Berlusconi: Crimean referendum 'valid' & 'democratic'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Scandalous Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has called the 2014 Crimea referendum that led to peninsula's annexation by Russia "democratic and valid." 

"87 percent of Crimean citizens voted, 93 percent voted to cede from Ukraine, voted to be an autonomous republic, voted to become part of the Russian Federation," Berlusconi said.

The former Italian leader noted that people of Crimea are happy that they are not subject to the current Ukrainian government, which was not democratically elected, but came to power through a coup.

Berlusconi allegedly wanted to make the trip to see what was happening there, to understand how the locals live, assess modern trends, and meet representatives of the local Italian community.

After an informal meeting with the Russian president, who showed him some of the Crimean sights, Berlusconi said that he was deeply impressed by Crimea.

Berlusconi, who maintains friendly relations with Russia's president, is arguably the most famous EU politician to visit the Crimean peninsula after its illegal annexation by Russia in spring 2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Eylül 2015, 13:03
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