ITALY, October 20, 2022– Italy’s outgoing prime minister, Mario Draghi, told his fellow European Union leaders that the region was in a recession and that divisions in the bloc would be a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to people familiar with his remarks.
The warning comes as leaders debate a contentious energy package and after Germany was criticized over a €200 billion ($196 billion) national aid plan that some have said would create imbalances in the EU.
A spokesperson for Draghi declined to comment on the remarks.
The premier, who is due to be succeeded by right-wing coalition leader Giorgia Meloni, warned about EU countries financing the Russian leader, according to the people. He said that the bloc’s economy is in a recession, underscored by market fragmentation which has a negative impact on the EU’s unity.
Creating division among EU countries is part of Putin’s strategy and if the EU does not show unity, then Putin wins, Draghi said, according to the people.
Source: Bloomberg wrote the original article.