Looking inside ourselves and out at the world
Independent and neutral with regard to all political and religious orientations,® aims to promote awareness of the major democratic principles on which tolerance is based.

Berlusconi: excluding Russia from summit "counterproductive"

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi says that he feels the decision by western countries to exclude Russia from the G8 is "counterproductive." Leaders of the Group of Seven nations, which does not include Russia, agreed Monday to hold their own summit instead of attending a G8 meeting in Russia after Russia's annexation of Crimea. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) FORMER ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER SILVIO BERLUSCONI SAYING: "I find the decision by leaders meeting in The Hague to exclude Russia from the G8, counterproductive. This a contrast to the work that the Italian government has carried out, we were the first to invite Russian President Boris Yeltsin to the G7 in Naples in 1994. And it was us again that transform the G7 into the G8 in Genoa inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin. I think what happened yesterday is in contrast to history, we managed to make the Russian federation think of itself as western rather than an eastern power, a member of the western democr

© DailyMotion -

Comment on this article!
To post a comment, we encourage you to become a member of® or log in if you are already a member. You can still post your commentwithout registering, but you will need to fill your personal information each time.

Become a member (free)   |   Log in

Postings are subject to the terms and conditions of®. Before submitting your message , you must read the Terms and conditions of® and agree to them by checking the box below.
Your name:
  I have read and agree to the Terms and conditions of®.
Follow us on ...
Facebook Twitter