Berlusconi Believes Trump Understood Importance of Working With Russia

© Sputnik / Sergey Guneev / Go to the mediabankFormer Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi - Sputnik International
US President-Elect Donald Trump understood that the issues in US-Russia relations should be solved via cooperation and friendship, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said.

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ROME (Sputnik) — Berlusconi said that Russia could be a valuable ally in fighting terrorism.

"Trump has understood something fundamental: Russia should be considered a Western country with full corresponding rights. It is possible that there will be certain contentious issues, but they have to be resolved with a view toward cooperation and friendship," Berlusconi told the Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper on Friday.

"[Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin has shown that he can deal with the emergencies we face today faster and better than other world leaders," Berlusconi noted.

Trump won the November 8 presidential election, stunning his opponents and a large number of mainstream media who considered his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a favorite.

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