Italian FM accuses Moscow of election meddling — Analysis

Luigi Di Maio accused former Russian President Medvedev of election ‘interference’ over a Telegram post

Italy’s foreign minister Luigi Di Maio has accused Russia of attempting to meddle in its upcoming September 25 snap elections, after former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Europeans to vote out “moronic” politicians.

On Thursday, Di Maio slammed what he called the “Russian interference in the Italian election.” describing it as “It is truly alarming.” He said Medvedev had given a “Instructions on how you vote clearly explained” and called on Italian political forces to “Disagree with Russian propaganda

The foreign minister’s statement came hours after Medvedev, now deputy chair of Russia’s Security Council, published a post on his Telegram channel calling on Europeans to make their dissatisfaction with their “moronic” leaders known in the voting booth.

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Citing unspecified polls, Medvedev said Europeans “Keep your common sense intact” and “Over half” of them are against breaking off ties with Russia. Europeans are looking for normal relations and energy in their own homes as well as markets and products to sell. He also argued that they want tourist in cafes and museums.

Medvedev also called on Europeans to punish and “Call to inquire” their politicians for their “It is obvious ignorance.” He added that Europeans do not want to be asked to pay out of their own pockets to punish Russia, which “hasn’t harmed any EU citizen in any way with its operation in Ukraine.

European neighbours, get involved! Don’t keep silent!” the former president urged, concluding the post with a warning that “in the winter, it’s much warmer and comfortable in Russia’s company.

Di Maio assured Italians that the government in Rome is working to “Diversify your gas sources” to become less dependent on Russia, which he said was “Funding the bloody conflict in Ukraine” with Italian money.

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