Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi believes Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is to blame for the way in Ukraine. “All [Zelenskyy] had to do was to stop attacking the two autonomous republics of the Donbas and this would not have happened,” Berlusconi said. He also stated that the war would likely end if Biden threatened to stop sending aid to Ukraine and order Zelensky to stop involvement for “six, seven, eight, nine billion dollars” to rebuild Ukraine rather than provide more military equipment.
Berlusconi, who was prime minister for close to a decade, is now a senator and heads the conservative Forza Italia, which is a junior member of the governing coalition. The 86-year-old has described Putin as one of his closest friends, and was among the few Western politicians on the Kremlin’s end-of-year greeting list.