Matteo Salvini

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Matteo Salvini is an Italian politician and the leader of the right-wing Lega party, known for his pro-Putin and pro-Russia declarations. Before Russia invaded Ukraine, Salvini was an outspoken and ardent admirer of Vladimir Putin, showily posing in Moscow’s Red Square wearing a T-shirt with the Russian dictator’s face on it. “The League opposed sanctions against Russia after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, arguing that it could harm Italian exports.

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Matteo Salvini is an Italian politician and the leader of the right-wing Lega party, which he transformed from a regionalist party into a national populist movement with a solid anti-immigrant and Eurosceptic platform.

Salvini served as Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior from 2018 to 2019. During that time, he pursued a hardline approach to immigration and advocated for closer ties with Russia. Salvini has also been a vocal critic of the European Union and its policies, calling for Italy to leave the eurozone and for the EU to be reformed or dissolved.

Salvini’s views on Russia have been controversial, with some accusing him of being pro-Russian and spreading propaganda. Salvini has expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin and has called for lifting EU sanctions against Russia.

He has also been a frequent visitor to Moscow and has met with Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Salvini has argued that closer ties with Russia would benefit Italy’s economy and national security and has expressed scepticism about Western narratives on Russia’s actions in Ukraine and other international issues.

Regarding Russia’s war against Ukraine, Salvini has expressed mixed views. While he has called for lifting EU sanctions against Russia, he has also expressed concern about the conflict in eastern Ukraine and has called for a peaceful resolution to the war.

Salvini has also criticized the role of NATO in the region, calling for a dialogue with Russia and a more independent foreign policy for Italy.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/12/matteo-salvini-defends-himself-over-plans-for-russian-funded-moscow-trip
https://www.aei.org/op-eds/russian-propaganda-finds-a-home-in-italian-media/
https://www.politico.eu/article/russia-link-italy-giorgia-meloni-election-campaign/
https://en.24tv.ua/moscow-is-losing-its-trojan-horse-in-italy_n2164531
https://en.24tv.ua/warning-support-or-both-us-revelations-on-covert-russian-financing_n2160041
https://www.ifri.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/lanza_russia_italy_nov2022.pdf
https://www.occrp.org/en/investigations/italian-politicians-and-big-business-bought-into-russian-occupation-of-crimea

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