Putin and Berlusconi violated EU sanctions when they exchanged vodka and wine – media
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The fifth package of sanctions prohibits the import of alcoholic beverages from Russia into the European Union. The former Italian prime minister is facing legal consequences for courtesies with Vladimir Putin.
The exchange of alcoholic beverages between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi violates European sanctions against Russia. This was written by the German agency DPA, citing a representative of the European Commission.
Restrictions prohibit the import of alcoholic beverages from Russia into the EU – the 5th sanctions package, which entered into force in April, includes a ban on the import of vodka.
“The EU states are responsible for the implementation of the sanctions. Initially, it was not clear whether the restrictions apply to gifts. Berlusconi's position on Ukraine still coincides with the position of Europe and the United States,” the representative said.
Berlusconi in communication with Italian The media boasted that Putin had sent him 20 bottles of vodka and a “very nice letter” for his birthday. Berlusconi said he sent back bottles of Italian wine.
Berlusconi's confidants, including possible future foreign minister Antonio Tajani, declined a request for comment.
The Italian edition of Europa Today, citing EU Foreign Affairs Representative Nabila Massrali, added that it is necessary to check whether the shipment of wine and vodka falls under the restrictive measures approved by the EU Council.
“If the check had given a positive result, legal consequences could have arisen for Berlusconi,” Massrali emphasized.
The newspaper La Repubblica recalled the ban on the sale, supply, transfer or export of luxury goods , including wine, to any natural or legal person, organization or body in Russia or for use in this country, if their value exceeds 300 euros per unit.
Berlusconi has previously accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of starting a war with the Russian Federation . Ukraine, in his opinion, attacked the so-called “Republics of Donbass” contrary to the Minsk agreements.
Focus previously wrote about the desire of the ex-Prime Minister of Italy to become an intermediary in possible negotiations between Zelensky and Putin.