Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised Friday the qualities of "statesman" by his friend
"Whatever they say about Mr. Berlusconi and his special relationship to the fair sex - indeed, they attack him out of jealousy - he showed he was a responsible statesman in every sense of the term "he said at an economic forum in Sochi. Putin and Berlusconi are old friends and show their complicity in all their meetings.
Putin had already shown in the past with surprising reflections on sexual escapades of a statesman. In 2006, he and joked about the then Israeli President Moshe Katzav, charged with rape.
"Say hello to your president for me! It turns out to be a powerful type! Violate ten women! I did not expect this from him! He surprised us all. We all envy", he had launched Israeli Prime Minister visits Moscow.
Mr. Katsav was convicted in March and sentenced to seven years in prison for two rapes and sexual harassment against two of his subordinates when he was tourism minister in the 1990s. He remained at liberty pending the verdict on appeal.
Silvio Berlusconi has been on trial since April for child prostitution and abuse of power.