‘I didn’t profit from Rus­sian ties’

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KRAS­NAYA POLYANA, Rus­sia: Ital­ian prime min­is­ter Silvio Ber­lus­coni yes­ter­day dis­missed rev­e­la­tions on Wik­iLeaks of US wor­ries over his ties with Moscow and re­peated he had never prof­ited per­son­ally from his con­tacts.

Diplo­matic mes­sages made pub­lic by the web­site showed US of­fi­cials expressed strong con­cern over Ber­lus­coni’s close re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sian prime min­is­ter Vladimir Putin and its im­pact on for­eign pol­icy.

The mes­sages also re­ported al­le­ga­tions by Ital­ian op­po­si­tion politi­cians and mem­bers of Ber­lus­coni’s own cen­treright party that the prime min­is­ter and as­so­ci­ates may have prof­ited per­son­ally from en­ergy deals with Rus­sia.

Speak­ing in Kras­naya Polyana, Ber­lus­coni said the leaks should not dam­age ties be­tween coun­tries. – Reuters

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