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Photostream : German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) listens to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi upon his arrival at the Chancellery in Berlin January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) on January 12, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Berlusconi is in Berlin to participate in German-Italian governmental consultations, and a major topic of discussion will be measures for stabilizing the Euro. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shake hands as they pose for the media after they address a news conference following their bilateral talks at the Chancellery in Berlin January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi address a news conference following their bilateral talks at the Chancellery in Berlin January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrive for a group photo of the Italian and German government delegations at the Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) on January 12, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Berlusconi is in Berlin to participate in German-Italian governmental consultations, and a major topic of discussion will be measures for stabilizing the Euro. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi by the arm in order to allow space for wheelchair-bound German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble prior to a group photo of the two countries' delegations at the Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) on January 12, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Berlusconi is in Berlin to participate in German-Italian governmental consultations, and a major topic of discussion will be measures for stabilizing the Euro. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Photostream : Silvio Berlusconi wins confidence vote

Supporters of Italian prime minister Silvio berlusconi celebrate after a confidence vote at the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house, on December 14, 2010 in Rome. italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi scraped through a crucial confidence vote in the lower house of parliament by 314 votes in favour and 311 against. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi kisses Secretary of UDC Party Pier Ferdinando Casini during the confidence vote to his government at the Lower house on December 14, 2010 in Rome, Italy. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced a vote of no confidence from both the Senate and the Lower House but won both counts. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves during a session in parliament in Rome December 14, 2010. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi narrowly survived a no-confidence motion in the lower house of parliament on Tuesday, but the future of his government remained uncertain because of its wafer-thin majority. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi covers his face with his hands during a session in the parliament in Rome December 14, 2010. Berlusconi narrowly survived a no-confidence motion in the lower house of parliament on Tuesday, but the future of his government remained uncertain because of its wafer-thin majority. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

 
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Italy to buy 'large numbers' of Russia's Superjet airliners – Putin

FILE : Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L), Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) and Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi walk at Krasnaya Polyana resort in Sochi, December 3, 2010. Medvedev on Friday said leaked embassy cables showed the "cynicism" of U.S. diplomacy but suggested they would not seriously upset improving ties with Washington. REUTERS/Vladimir Rodionov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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December 06, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Italy is ready to buy a significant number of Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 medium-haul airliners, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

“This is our first civil aircraft… which corresponds with the most recent civil aviation requirements, and our Italian partners are now ready to buy them in quite large numbers,” Putin said during a United Russia party congress in the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, accompanied by Putin and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, inspected a Superjet aircraft in Sochi last Friday. The plane arrived in the southern Russian city on a test flight from northern Siberia’s Yakutsk.

Sukhoi Superjet 100

The Superjet 100 is a family of medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with U.S. and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell.

The aircraft is capable of carrying 75-95 passengers to the distance of up to 4,500 kilometers. Currently, there are 17 SSJ 100 aircraft in production at different stages of completion.

Sukhoi has at least 122 firm orders for Superjet 100 airliners at the moment. The first aircraft are expected to be delivered to Armenia’s national airline Armavia and Russia’s flagship air carrier Aeroflot at the end of the year.  (*)

KHABAROVSK, December 6

 
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Photostream : Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev meets Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (L) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev give a joint press conference in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, on December 3, 2010. Berlusconi met with Medvedev as leaked US cables revealed growing anxiety in Washington about the Italian prime minister's ties to Moscow. (Photo by VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, welcomes Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the Russian Black sea resort of Sochi on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Italy's prime minister is on an official visit to Russia against the background of a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable that alleges an uncomfortably close relationship between him Russian premier Vladimir Putin. (Getty Images)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) talks with Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at Krasnaya Polyana resort in Sochi, December 3, 2010. Medvedev on Friday said leaked diplomatic cables showed the "cynicism" of U.S. diplomacy. REUTERS/Vladimir Rodionov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) meets with Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at Krasnaya Polyana resort in Sochi, December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Vladimir Rodionov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

 
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Italian PM Berlusconi : No wild parties, just elegant soirees

FILE - In this April 18, 2008 file photo, Italy's Premier-elect Silvio Berlusconi, right, and Russia's President Vladmir Putin seen after a joint news conference following talks in Berlusconi's 'Villa Certosa' in Porto Rotondo, on the island region of Sardinia, Italy. The classified diplomatic cables released by online whistle-blower WikiLeaks and reported by The New York Times said a batch of documents raised questions about Berlusconi and his relationship with Putin. One cable said Berlusconi 'appears increasingly to be the mouthpiece of Putin' in Europe. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

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November 29, 2010 ROME (KATAKAMI / AP) – Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi insisted Monday he only throws elegant, dignified soirees at his villas and not wild parties as reportedly described by a Rome-based U.S. diplomat in a cable contained in the Wikileaks trove.

Berlusconi said he didn’t care to read what such diplomats had to report, saying “I don’t look at what third-rate or fourth-rate officials say.”

Berlusconi has been accused of entertaining escorts and underage girls at his villas — allegations that have fueled a political crisis that has brought the government to a no-confidence vote in two weeks.

According to the cable, reported by The Guardian newspaper, Berlusconi’s “frequent late nights and penchant for partying hard mean he does not get sufficient rest.”

On Monday, Berlusconi shrugged off the commentary with a laugh.

“I unfortunately have never in my life been to a wild party,” he said. “Maybe they’re interesting. I’ve never been.”

He said once a month he hosts dinner parties at his homes because so many people want to see him. “At these dinners, everything that occurs is proper, elegant and dignified.” Otherwise, guests wouldn’t be allowed to take pictures, he added.

Several beautiful young women have come forward over the past year detailing the dinner parties they attended at Berlusconi’s villas in Rome, Milan and Sardinia and the gifts the premier allegedly gave them.

The most recent, Nadia Macri, a 28-year-old self-described escort, has said Berlusconi paid her ?10,000 ($13,000) — delivered in an envelope — for sexual favors after she was introduced to the premier by a television executive.

Berlusconi’s lawyer, Niccolo Ghedini has said there was no basis of truth in Macri’s claims and said they had been disproved.  (*)

 
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