BuzfeedNews revealed on Wednesday that Gianluca Savoini, former aide of the Italian Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini, was filmed at a Moscow hotel last October, discussing the terms of an oil deal with five other people, three Russians and two Italians, while Salvini’s Party would benefit $ 65 million in one year. BuzzfeedNews has published the transcript of the entire material. According to this media, the video shows the illegal funding of the Lega party for the election campaign as well.
Moreover, on Thursday, two former prime ministers, Matteo Renzi and Paolo Gentiloni, seek clarification from Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini after his aide has been intercepted negotiating with the Russians over a deal with oil companies and promises of benefits for his own party. The two former Italian prime ministers seek an in-depth investigation of how the close aide of Matteo Salvini made secret deals with the Russians involving campaign funding.
After the publication of the news, Matteo Renzi stated that there needs to be an urgent investigation on the matter. He added that it is insane to use Russian oil and their funding for the party. “Salvini must clarify this immediately.” The latter has received an envelope with a bullet from unidentified persons.
Renzi’s successor Paolo Gentiloni stated that the BuzfeedNews’s materials are not simply rumors and that Salvini can not pretend that nothing has happened. We recall that even in Albania, the prosecution has launched an investigation because it is suspected that the DP was financed by Russians for lobbying in the US. Mother Jones was the first to publish the news. Link to the full conversation here. Tiranapost.al.