Nicholas Farrell Nicholas Farrell

Could Berlusconi end the war in Ukraine?

Illustration: Coral Hoeren

Ravenna, Italy

Silvio Berlusconi believes that he alone can entice his old friend Vladimir Putin to the negotiating table and intends to give it a go before Christmas. The 86-year-old media tycoon and former Italian prime minister wants a peace deal, mediated by him, to be his political swansong. His private jet is already on standby.

Last month, he said that Putin had sent him 20 bottles of vodka for his birthday and ‘a very sweet letter’

Internationally, the timing could not be better.

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