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Russian influence scandal shakes EU – POLITICO

Italian European People’s Party MP Matteo Gazzini, who gave an interview to Voice of Europe and took part in a debate alongside other MEPs, denied being offered or accepting money.

“Of course not, what is this question?” he said. “It makes me laugh when people ask me if I received money from Russia… because I come from a very wealthy family,” he said, adding that he is an agricultural entrepreneur and real estate who only plays politics to serve his country. .

Asked about his comments during a Voice of Europe panel in which he said Europe should not aim to defeat Russia, but rather focus on finding a path to peace in Ukraine, Gazzini said he condemned the invasion and that Russian troops should leave Ukraine. . “At the same time, Europe should not contribute to a worsening of the situation,” he said.

He also criticized the European Parliament for letting Voice of Europe into the institution, where he said he first contacted it. “If they pose such a big threat, why did the European Parliament let these journalists in? Why didn’t they check them? He asked.

His German EPP colleague Dennis Radtke said Gazzini’s membership in the political group “needs to be discussed.” Gazzini joined the EPP this year from the far-right group Identity and Democracy, after leaving his League party to join Forza Italia.

“This underlines my skepticism towards former members of the Lega and the ID. Anyone involved in this Russian network must face the consequences… We must defend our democracy and the integrity of our political institution,” Radtke wrote in a message.


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