Berlusconi Draws Backlash for Saying Putin Was ‘Pushed’ to Invade Ukraine


Italy’s former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, said that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was “pushed” to invade Ukraine, remarks that drew fierce criticism days before an election.

Mr. Berlusconi, 85, is running in a coalition on the right that is favored in Sunday’s vote and his allies have praised the policies of controversial European leaders like Viktor Orban of Hungary. Since the invasion of Ukraine, Mr. Berlusconi had not seemed particularly supportive of his longtime…



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