Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi harshly criticized the interview of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Rete4 TV channel, where he spoke about the Jewish origin of Hitler. Draghi said the Russian politician's speech on Italian television was political agitation, La Stampa writes.
"An interview?" Actually, it was political agitation. We have to ask ourselves if we can agree to invite a person who asks to be heard without controversy. In professional (journalistic, - ed.) terms, it's not so good, it gives a strange feeling," Draghi said.
The Prime Minister said that, unlike Russia, Italy expresses different opinions, but what Lavrov said during the interview was "a lie, not an opinion. Asked whether Italy would take a more distant position on Ukraine, Draghi said the country would continue to support Kiev in cooperation with international partners.
"We are striving for peace, we do not need to change Italy's position in this sense. None of us wants to leave Ukraine. If Ukraine cannot defend itself, we will have the subjugation and slavery of a democratic and sovereign country, and no one in Italy wants that," he said.