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Energy crisis: Could Italy’s next government drop Russian sanctions? – BBC News ctm magazine



Energy prices have become a key issue in Italy’s upcoming election.

Polls suggest a coalition led by the far-right is likely to win, with some of its members talking about dropping sanctions against Russia, because of the energy crisis.

Italy’s favourite to become prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, has been firmly behind Italy’s current government’s supportive position towards Ukraine.

However, her coalition partners Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi have close personal ties to Mr Putin.

Before Moscow invaded Ukraine, 40% of Italy’s gas came from Russia. Now, following Western sanctions and diversification, this supply has dropped to around 18%.

Voters will head to the polls on 25 September.

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42 Comments

  • Noor Madi B MD Noor MD Noor on September 20, 2022

    Dont worry coz they love to live in frozen, so all Europeon just sent billon dollar to zelensky and be happy in winter.

  • S D on September 20, 2022

    Italy have to step up and get rid of previous corrupt russian allies ie Berlusconi et al. This war has affected us all and has a price but the sanctions works.

    No matter what kind of agreements, that will be settled in any time between leaders of Russia and Ukraine, the price for the world of the war also is a price to pay if we should lift long-term sanctions against Russia, Putin and leadership of Russian people. No matter how long it takes.

    The sanctions works and should be extended.

    The world’s conditions to lift the sanctions against Putin, Russia, all his closest allies and oligarchs will not be lifted until all these conditions are 100% accomplished:

    1. Russia has removed all their military troops of any kind completely 100% from all Ukraine’s territory and all Russian occupied land has been completely returned to Ukraine sovereignty.

    2. 100% of the all the economic damages is paid to Ukraine and to all affected countries because of the war have been completed and paid in full.

    3. All convicted war crime people by Hague tribunal have also been transferred to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

    And these are not decisions between russia and Ukraine but for the whole world to decide about..the sanctions will last for +30-40 years until new russians with brains have change leadership and society!

  • Patrick Anthony on September 20, 2022

    Italy switches sides… shocking

  • Jon on September 20, 2022

    Of course sanctions should be dropped, why should the people of Europe suffer because governments are trying to score political points against putin.
    These sanctions aren't doing any harm to russia, yet European countries are suffering with extortionate fuel prices.

  • A A on September 20, 2022

    Only the far right parties and people like Ursula Von der Leyen can help complete the Nazi Lebensraum (the European Union) extending up to Ukraine and western Russia as this project about racial purity has been waiting for over 80 years now.

  • Arseniy Petrik on September 20, 2022

    The war reveals the EU countries which have no immunity against Kremlin propaganda. Politics has no shame in exploiting the terrible crisis in their favor in elections.

  • sad boi on September 20, 2022

    its historically accurate at this point

  • glenkt2010 on September 20, 2022

    if the cared for their people they will drop the Russian sanctions

  • Giovanni on September 20, 2022

    No, Italy will not change its position. Thx for spreading misinformation and accusations towards Italy, it truly speaks loud on the consideration you have of us. Bye.

  • LW1zFog on September 20, 2022

    “An initiative, called “Digital4Freedom” was presented by Ukraine’s Deputy PM and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov in Switzerland. Fedorov is described as long-time friend of President Volodymyr Zelensky and a fellow enthusiast in ushering it ever greater levels of digitalization.

    The initiative appears very ambitious, and optimistic: it is to make Ukraine “the most digital state in the world,” and that has been the pitch made to the audience in Lugano, who were asked to contribute funds and cooperate on forging a “digital Marshall plan” for Ukraine.

    The general promise is that in the future, the Ukrainian government and Big Tech will be “closely interlinked,” while turning the country into “a European Israel.”

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  • lovu. eu on September 20, 2022

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  • lovu. eu on September 20, 2022

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  • arakara med on September 20, 2022

    Italy wants PEACE in Kiev. Enlightened Italians realize that the maligned economic sanctions promoted by the US only hurt the poorest people in Russia, especially old people and people with children. They also realize that the misguided sanctions hurt Europe more than they hurt Russia. All economic sanctions against Russia must be dropped immediately to prevent economic collapse in Europe.

  • Trade bangla Enterprise on September 20, 2022

    Come out a Bitter truth, that is without asia, Europe would not survive at all.

  • AmberFur on September 20, 2022

    I knew you’d talk about these three horrible people… Good stuff for views, isn’t it? 😡

  • Abderrahim Anasse on September 20, 2022

    Just for my personal understanding, what is the situation now in Lybia?
    Nobody talk about one of the main supplier on the past but i don't know if only oil or gas as well.

    P.S: Berlusconi was friend of Kadhafi

  • DAKI on September 20, 2022

    Europe is STUPID. This is USA instigated war. Since EU was formed, USA has a thorn in the flesh as Europe may become an economic challenge to USA. USA is playing a big game to hit Russia, destroy Eu, and hit China in the name of Taiwan. Europe is stupid not to understand. EUROPE STILL HAVE THE TIME TO SAVE EUROPE. TO WITHDRAW AND SUSPEND ALL SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA AND DECLARE THEY WILL NOT TAKE UKRAINE IN NATO AND ALL THE THINGS WILL BE SETTLED AS NORMAL LIKE BEFORE THE WAR. USA IS A WAR MONGER COUNTRY.
    IT HAS A POLICY—EITHER YOU FIGHT OR BRING SOMEONE TO FIGHT OR CREATE A WAR SO WE SELL OUR ARMS.

  • lovely on September 20, 2022

    All fools,phone other countries see what is like then both together out of sanctions, zelensky small boy and deal with him,game is over life goes on

  • Corleone on September 20, 2022

    good for them. damn NATO Americas lapdog putting its own citizens in danger because America hates Russia and China. America out of Europe! Break up of NATO we don't want NATO or need NATO!

  • Abu Faiqah Incira on September 20, 2022

    By right, no matter who the government is. Europe sanction against Russia need be choose by the civillians. All europe need to vote for specific subject on whether to continue Russia sanction or not. If continue the energy crisis will remain, if not they will left Ukraine to fend for themselves. They can non chalantly support Ukraine in the meantime got the gas energy. This have been the practise on most Arab country. They didnt agreed on Israel occupation but in the meantime not sanction on Israel. Such a hypocrite world we live in.

  • Cardinal 800,000 Dead, or Roy D Davis on September 20, 2022

    Deceitful Dictatorship with Voting at the Waste Treatment Plant.

    "Do any of your cities intend to provide Sailboat Homes to Graduating Students as Proposed?"..

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    Take your time with $2400.00 a day." A couple hundred million rapes?..

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  • phil thompson on September 20, 2022

    Good for Italy and the next domino to fall will be Germany .Here in the educationally sub normal UK
    we will probably be the last

  • Gary CA on September 20, 2022

    More and more European countries are leaving the sanctions policy planned and orchestrated by their hegedemonic masters in Washington for its own self interests and at the expense of all European and NATO countries… EU blindly is following US orders and shooting themselves in the foot… The great Russian Federation must prolong the special military operations in Ukraine to allow the Europeans to enjoy and reap the full effects and rewards of their own self-imposed financial, economic and social (banned flights and movement of Russian people within the Shengen zone) sanctions… 🔥 🔥 🔥 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇪🇺 🇪🇺 🇪🇺 🔥 🔥 🔥Wasn't it an american who once said, "democracy is a government of the people, by the people and for the people" but Brandon seems to think it is a government to divide the Peoples and to enrich himself, hunter and their immediate families at the expense of civil wars among americans… 🔥 🔥 🔥 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

  • Hans Betz on September 20, 2022

    Italian here, i am a bit scared about the italian "tradition" of changing allies. But Meloni is the one that will win and she is repeating for months that she will remain loyal.

  • smetlje sm on September 20, 2022

    Berlusconi looks 👍🏻

  • Torkham Khan on September 20, 2022

    The wise men of europa

  • Hotel pro on September 20, 2022

    Thanks NATO

  • gregory hirst on September 20, 2022

    The energy crisis is due to the rushed 'green agenda' not from the war you're being conned

  • gregory hirst on September 20, 2022

    What a garbage story. Who switched off Nordstream 2, the germans

  • Tony Corlioni on September 20, 2022

    ITALY should choose between the west or Russia simple as that..

  • saravana raja on September 20, 2022

    Italy new rule will lead to change in Europe

  • triumphbobberbiker on September 20, 2022

    Russian oligarchs have been using Britain, and London in particular, as a money laundry for years. Seeing some Brits pointing their finger at the Italians is ridiculous

  • Nikolay Hinov on September 20, 2022

    Just because some comments below, I refuse to stay on cold or take cold showers just because that comedian and the american imperialists are playing their naive games….

  • Nikolay Hinov on September 20, 2022

    Hopefully Italy will drop the sanction and wil act against that dictatorship in the EU led by US.

  • Nico Fourie on September 20, 2022

    Another idiotic "far-right" statement by a leftist BBC presenter.

  • Imad Belguerrab on September 20, 2022

    7 months ago yes put Sanctions on russian now, sorry the bills is up

  • Alexa Suriya on September 20, 2022

    If Russia is America's enemy, it was Biden who did it. The strongest is the one who can turn an enemy into a friend

  • Julie Simoneau on September 20, 2022

    g7 is 8% of world people. 92 % people world have also words to tell. that's what you will understand next years.

  • Ramy Agoncillo on September 20, 2022

    Who cares.

  • David Rink on September 20, 2022

    What does Trump and a manure spreader have in common?

  • T0P0FTH3P0P on September 20, 2022

    I am italian and ashamed

  • MM JJ on September 20, 2022

    5 gennaio 2022, Presidente di Taiwan: "Democrazia e libertà di Taiwan devono vincere". Taiwan è un paese e non fa parte della Cina. 台湾是一个国家,不是中国的一部分。台湾是一个国家,不属于中国。🇯🇵🇹🇼🇺🇦🇱🇹🇱🇹🇮

    Il governo cinese non ha più opzioni diplomatiche. I funzionari militari statunitensi credono alla Cina
    invaderà Taiwan entro il 2027. Si può presumere che anche il Giappone avrà uno scontro militare con la Cina tra cinque anni.🇯🇵🇺🇦🇹🇼🇱🇹🇺🇸🇯🇵

    La strategia di AUKUS (Australia, Regno Unito, Stati Uniti) per la produzione di sottomarini nucleari per l'Australia può integrare Taiwan nella più ampia Unione Indo-Pacifica. Insieme strategicamente anche al Giappone, forniamo cooperazione reciproca sulle capacità di difesa.🇯🇵🇬🇧🇳🇿🇺🇸

    In Cina, (1) lo stato può costringere i cittadini cinesi in patria e all'estero a svolgere attività militari nei rispettivi paesi (legge sulla mobilitazione della difesa nazionale, in vigore nel 2010); (2) lo stato può costringere i cittadini cinesi in patria e all'estero a svolgere attività di spionaggio nei rispettivi paesi. (Legge sull'intelligence nazionale, in vigore dal 2017). I cittadini cinesi che non seguono le istruzioni e gli ordini del governo cinese verranno arrestati e non avranno alcuna possibilità di rifiutare.
    Insieme, queste due leggi creano la situazione di sicurezza più pericolosa per ogni Paese.
    Ci sono in qualsiasi momento 25.000 spie professioniste cinesi in Giappone. 🇯🇵🇺🇦🇹🇼🇱🇹🇺🇸🇯🇵
    Nel massacro di piazza Tienanmen del 1989, i leader cinesi hanno ordinato di uccidere migliaia di manifestanti per la democrazia studentesca. 🇯🇵🇺🇦🇹🇼🇺🇸🇱🇹🇯🇵
    Gli agenti cinesi hanno contattato un'attivista democratica cinese che vive negli Stati Uniti avvertendo ripetutamente che stavano seguendo ogni suo movimento. Hanno minacciato di ucciderla e danneggiare la sua famiglia in Cina se non avesse smesso di criticare i leader cinesi.
    🇯🇵🇹🇼🇺🇦🇱🇹🇺🇸🇯🇵

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