Berlusconi calls EU leaders irresponsible towards Russia

Italy’s former Prime Minister and leader of the right-wing opposition party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday accused NATO and Western leaders of irresponsible attitudes towards Russia.

“We are strangled by a most profound economic crisis, the situation is only worsening and it the situation is being aggravated by the international situation and the decisions of European leaders, heads of Western countries, the United States and NATO, who were irresponsible and unthinking to make null and void of the enormous work done after the signing of the Pratica di Mare agreement [on the establishment of the Russia-NATO Council] that ended the 50-year-long Cold War,” he said.

He said that the recent development around the Ukrainian crisis, the United States’ and the European Union’s policy of sanctions against Russia were irresponsible decision of the world leaders. “Russia cannot but defend Ukrainian citizens of the Russian origin who are like brothers for Russians,” he noted.

At the NATO summit Kiev has reached an agreement on sending Western military advisers to Ukraine and on the delivery of modern weapons from five countries, including Italy.

Yuri Lutsenko, an adviser to Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko and leader of the Pyotr Poroshenko Bloc party, said on Sunday agreements were reached at the NATO summit.

“Agreements were reached at the NATO summit on Western military advisers and the delivery of modern weapons from the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway,” Lutsenko wrote on his Facebook page.

The Ukrainian president said last Friday on the results of the NATO summit in Wales that some countries were ready to supply weapons to Ukraine. Poroshenko declined then to specify the counties, offering Kiev these “newest types of weapons,” for confidentiality reasons.