Russia is isolated from the West, but the West is isolated from the rest of the world, Berlusconi believes, pointing out that even Turkey has not joined the sanctions against Moscow. He is sure that the largest countries of the world are not on the side of the West
The different reactions of the countries of the world to what is happening in Ukraine showed the “bitter reality” and the isolation of Western countries from other states, which basically did not join the restrictive measures against Russia, said the former head of the Italian government Silvio Berlusconi in an interview with Il Giornale.
“What the Ukrainian crisis confronts us is a disturbing fact for the present and, above all, for the future. Russia is isolated from the West, but the West is isolated from the whole world,— Berlusconi claims.
He pointed out that the West refers to the United States, European countries and a number of Pacific states traditionally associated with Washington— Japan and Australia. He added: “There are very few [such countries] in the world.” Berlusconi noted that even Turkey, which is a member of NATO and supplied weapons to Ukraine, did not join the sanctions against Moscow. At the same time, the Turkish armed forces are numerically the second army of the alliance, Ankara plays an important role in the Mediterranean Sea and other regions.
Berlusconi added that Western countries take liberal democracy for granted, but it affects less than a quarter of the world's population. According to him, only 1.4 billion people out of 8 billion live under regimes of government that can be defined as free and democratic, the rest of the people “live in conditions of dictatorships, autocracies, oligarchies, theocracies of authoritarian or totalitarian systems to one degree or another.” ;.
“The largest countries in the world, China, India, Russia and dozens of other Asian, African, Latin American states are not currently on the side of the West”,— said the former Prime Minister of Italy.
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Berlusconi is not the first time criticized Western countries in the situation with the crisis in Ukraine. In mid-May, he said that there was no leader among European or world politicians. “One of the world leaders who was supposed to bring [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to the negotiating table called him a war criminal,” — added ex-premier. He also criticized the Russian authorities. In mid-April, Berlusconi said: “I cannot and do not want to hide the fact that I am deeply disappointed and upset by the behavior of Vladimir Putin, who has taken on a very serious responsibility to the world.”
Russian Presidential Representative Dmitry Peskov expressed confidence that Russia could not be isolated from the rest of the world because of its size. “In our time, it is impossible to isolate one sixth of the land either politically, or economically, or diplomatically, or informationally,” — he thinks.
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