“Our democracy is strong, it does not let itself be knocked down by external enemies and their hired puppets. We must be confident in our democracy.” A strong message comes from Palazzo Chigi on the controversy surrounding the hypothesis of Russian funding for Italian parties. “I had a phone call with the US Secretary of State Blinken, the most natural thing was to ask what they knew. He confirmed the absence of Italian political forces in the list of those who have benefited from Russian funds” reports Mario Draghi, reiterating when he said also today by Undersecretary Franco Gabrielli at Copasir.
“The leaders of the Italian intelligence services have had contact with their US counterparts and US intelligence has confirmed that they have no evidence of Russian covert funding to political forces competing in the current electoral round”. Draghi points out that “in the last 30 years the Russian government has carried out a work of corruption in many sectors in the EU and the US, it is well known, it is not surprising”.
When asked about the sanctions, Draghi said he did not share the position of the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini. “The sanctions work, the Russian propaganda has tried to prove the opposite but it is not true, otherwise Putin’s recent behavior would not be explained. We must continue on that front”.
During a press conference at Palazzo Chigi, Draghi answered a question about his availability for a second term at the head of the government with a sharp “no”..