Luigi Di Maio accused former Russian President Medvedev of ‘interfering’ in elections over Telegram message
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has accused Russia of trying to interfere in its upcoming September 25 snap elections, after former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Europeans to vote against “stupid” The politicians.
On Thursday, Di Maio slammed what he called the “the interference of the Russian government in the Italian elections,describing him as “really disturbing.“He said that Medvedev had given a”clear instructions on how to voteand called on Italian political forces toget away from Russian propaganda.”
The foreign minister’s statement came hours after Medvedev, now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, posted a message on his Telegram channel calling on Europeans to express their dissatisfaction with their “stupidknown leaders in the voting booth.
Citing unspecified polls, Medvedev told Europeans “have not lost their common sense” and “more than halfof them are against breaking ties with Russia. Europeans want normal relations, energy at home, markets for their products, prosperous trade and tourists in museums and cafes, he argued.
Medvedev also called on Europeans to punish and “call to report“their politicians for their”obvious stupidity.He added that the Europeans do not want to be asked to pay out of pocket to punish Russia, which “did not harm any EU citizen in any way with its operation in Ukraine.”
“Take action, European neighbours! Don’t be silent!urged the former president, concluding the message with a warning that “in winter it is much warmer and more comfortable in the company of Russia.”
Di Maio assured Italians that the government in Rome is working to “diversify the sources of our gas supplies“become less dependent on Russia, which he said was”finance the bloody war in Ukraine” with Italian money.