A questo indirizzo l’articolo del The New York Times sui files di WikiLeaks da cui è tratto questo stralcio:
“An intriguing alliance: American diplomats in Rome reported in 2009 on what their Italian contacts described as an extraordinarily close relationship between Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian prime minister, and Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister and business magnate, including “lavish gifts,” lucrative energy contracts and a “shadowy” Russian-speaking Italian go-between. They wrote that Mr. Berlusconi “appears increasingly to be the mouthpiece of Putin” in Europe. The diplomats also noted that while Mr. Putin enjoys supremacy over all other public figures in Russia, he is undermined by an unmanageable bureaucracy that often ignores his edicts.”
The Telegraph scrive:
WikiLeaks ‘to highlight Putin and Berlusconi’s special relationship’
Controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s “close relationship” with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, is said to be among WikiLeaks documents due to be released.
Italian newspapers highlighted how Mr Berlusconi had holidayed on the Black Sea with Mr Putin and in return the Russian leader had been a guest at his counterpart’s luxury villa in Sardinia
By Nick Pisa in Rome 4:35PM GMT 28 Nov 2010
Mr Berlusconi has been friends with former KGB agent Mr Putin, for more than five years and the two have held numerous bilateral meetings as well as entertained each other on holiday.
Of concern to Washington was said to be the deal between Italian energy firm ENI and Russian gas giant Gazprom, over the South Stream pipeline as well as the “very cordial relationship between Mr Putin and Mr Berlusconi”.
On Sunday America’s former ambassador to Italy Ronald Spogli, who was in Rome between 2005 and 2009, said in an interview with Corriere della Sera: “The Rome-Moscow axis did worry us.”
Qui invece un video di come ha vissuto la redazione de El Pais l’arrivo dei dati di WikiLeaks.