Vladimir Putin telephoned former Prime Minister of Italy, leader of Forza Italia political party Silvio Berlusconi to convey heartfelt congratulations on his 80th birthday and wish good health and future success.
Earlier in the day, the President of Russia sent Silvio Berlusconi a message of congratulations.
The message reads, in part:
“I would like to reiterate that you are deeply respected in Russia as an astute and visionary statesman who has made a major contribution to promoting partnership ties between our countries. It is important that you remain fully committed to restoring a full-fledged dialogue between Russia and Italy and the European Union as a whole.”