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I consider all decisions of Western diplomacy of the recent hours as narrow-minded and being at variance with a constructive spirit. Silvio Berlusconi Italian ex-prime minister on G7 leaders' suggestion to expel Russia from G8 over Crimea ROME, May 6. /ITAR-TASS/. The steps taken by the US towards Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine pose a threat of bringing cold war back to life, Italy’s ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said in a radio interview aired on Tuesday.
“In the steps aimed against Russia, I can see the threat of bringing cold war back to life,” the politician said in response to a question about the tensions between Moscow and Washington.
Earlier, Berlusconi dubbed sanctions against Russia “counterproductive” and the suspension of the G8 format “erroneous”.
Imposing economic sanctions against Russia may seriously hurt the European economy, according to Siim Kallas, interim European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Nevertheless, the commissioner outlined that in case such sanctions against Russia are adopted, their impact on the economies of European countries would be unequal: some countries like Finland or Cyprus would be more exposed to negative effects, the others — to a lesser extent.
A 43-signature letter says Europe must bring events under control through political initiative. “It is first of all in the interest of Europeans to maintain peace and stability on our continent,” the letter says.
“The Russian Federation is a great country, with which we all maintain friendly relations, business and trade ties, as well as developing cultural exchanges. Speaking about a further tightening of sanctions against Russia is anachronism in the present stage of history when the economy in general, and not only supplies of energy resources, human contacts and lots of mixed marriages, will turn these sanctions first of all against Europeans themselves,” the letter adds.
“It is high time to abandon this attempt to return to Cold War times and unveil a new phase of European policy, independent and united, capable of becoming the leading force of a peace process,” the letter says. “Diplomatic efforts and dialogue among the interested parties is the only way out of the situation.”