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Putin - Berlusconi Bromance Strong as Ever, a Chummy Meeting in Italy (Russian TV News)

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For two decades now, Putin and Italy's Sivio Berlusconi have been the two European leaders most hated by the mass media. Both are known for their swagger and style.

Perhaps because of their similar personalities, or because of their shared status as international bad boys, the two have a very good relationship. Their chumminess has been clear to anyone who watches them interact.


Transcript:

MOSCOW. KREMLIN. PUTIN.

Later, there were many events until late in the evening. They took place even at the airport before his departure. Berlusconi came there to meet with Putin.

Silvio Berlusconi: “It's not my fault that we have to meet here.”

Vladimir Putin: “It's our fault. They'll show this on Russian TV. People haven't seen you for years.”

Friendship is a rare thing in big politics, but it is very apparent here. They've always had cheerful meetings.

Silvio Berlusconi: “I prefer vodka but they gave me water.”

They went fishing and on a dangerous trip together. Most importantly, they were together when fundamental political issues were at stake. And the archive footage of 2004 is the best proof of it. We know his position with respect to Russia.

Vladimir Putin: “We know the critics... We know the criticism in the EU he received because of it. But I should note that the number of his political opponents in Europe didn't change because of it. Judging by what we see here today, he got many more friends in Russia.”

A lot has happened in the past 15 years. However, Berlusconi maintains his positions. He calls upon Europe to respect Russia and its interests. Already in 2015, he came to Crimea.

Silvio Berlusconi: “Crimea is absolutely stunning. Looking at it takes my breath away.Э

After the new meeting with Putin, Berlusconi promised that the Forza Italia party will continue to do everything to put an end to the unfair sanctions being imposed against Russia.

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