Italian Interior Minister and Vice Prime Minister Matteo Salvini considers the annexation of Crimea legal and said that the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine is fake at the interview to The Washington Post.
Talking about different issues, the journalist and Salvini touched upon the sanctions against. A journalist asked why the Italian political wants to lift them.
"Because they (sanctions, - 112.international) didn’t prove to be useful, and according to the data, they hurt Italian exports".
Also, the journalist asked about the right of Russia to annex Crimea and Salvini said that there was "a referendum". However, the journalist noted that it was fake, Salvini said:
"That is your point of view. . . . There was a referendum, and 90 percent of the people voted for the return of Crimea to the Russian Federation… Compare it to the fake revolution in Ukraine, which was a pseudo-revolution funded by foreign powers — similar to the Arab Spring revolutions".
Later Salvini added that "there are some historically Russian zones with Russian culture and traditions which legitimately belong to the Russian Federation".
Earlier Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister of Italy, agreed with Donald Trump, the U.S. President, that Russia has to return to G8. Moreover, earlier he stood for the reconsideration of the system of the European sanctions against Russia.