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Italy. Matteo Salvini criticized for ties with Vladimir Putin, motion for a vote of no confidence

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Italy's co-ruling League party has repudiated the agreement concluded in 2017 with United Russia, which is Vladimir Putin's support base. At the same time, League leader Matteo Salvini faces growing pressure due to his former ties with the Kremlin, notes Reuters.

Matteo Salvini, deputy prime minister in Giorgia Meloni's right-wing government, is a known supporter of Vladimir Putin. Suffice it to recall his photo in a T-shirt with Putin. Reuters points out that this politician has supported imposing sanctions against Russia since the invasion in 2022, but avoided direct criticism of Putin.

The five-year cooperation agreement between Salvini's League and United Russia was automatically extended in 2022, but “the war has completely changed judgments and political relations with Russia,” the Italian party said in a statement, adding that the agreement with United Russia “after the invasion of Ukraine is not already valid.”

Matteo Salvini in a T-shirt supporting Putinfacebook.com/salviniofficial

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Vote of no confidence in Salvini

The statement was issued as parliament prepared to debate a vote of no confidence in Salvini by the left-wing and centrist opposition, who say his failure to withdraw from the agreement or express admiration for Putin makes him unfit to govern.

The League said that the agreement with United Russia did not bring any concrete initiatives and pointed out that before the invasion of Ukraine, numerous Italian governments were strengthening ties with Putin, accusing the opposition of hypocrisy.

A vote of no confidence in Salvini is expected to be rejected, but any votes against him from center-right parties could fuel tensions within the government.

Parliamentary debate will start on Wednesday, with a vote expected the same day or on Thursday.

Main photo source: facebook.com/salviniofficial

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