Italian Interior Minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini claimed the inquiry over an alleged deal to channel Russian oil funds into his party is «ridiculous», while speaking at a press conference in Rome on Friday.
The Minister joked about being late at the conference as he was busy hiding $65 million (€58 million) ahead of addressing questions from the press. He lashed out at journalists... Еще questioning the role of his aide, Gianluca Savoini, at a private meeting in Moscow in October 2018. «Look for money, oil, gas, methane, missiles and nuclear weapons. You do look for them. I am the Interior Minister who deals with serious matters», he replied.
He also claimed he would provide the documents of all people travelling with him to Russia, before saying: «I consider this inquiry ridiculous. Ok? There is one in Luxembourg. I really enjoy these treasure hunts. I'm reading a press agency, hardly from an hour ago. We have been discussing for weeks of Russian hackers attacking the Web and Mattarella [President of the Republic]. 'The Rome public prosecutor's office believes that they were press fabrications.' You've been beating the bushes for weeks for Russian hackers, and there were no Russian hackers. There is no Russian money, I do not know Russian oilmen.»
On Thursday, the Italian prosecutors launched an inquiry into possible charges of international corruption, after L'Espresso magazine reported about an alleged arrangement between Salvini's aide Gianluca Savoini and three unidentified Russians close to the Russian government. The alleged deal would have channeled thousands of million of euros to Salvini's League party ahead of the European elections.