"For the citizens of Russia, for the Crimeans, the death of Berlusconi is a very sad event. Because Berlusconi is one of the few European politicians who has always shown respect for Russia, built mutually beneficial economic and political relations," the senator said.

According to him, Berlusconi was objective in relation to Russia.

"Berlusconi is one of the few politicians who came to Crimea after 2014. He visited the graves of Italians who fell during the Crimean War. The news is sad, I don't know if there is a replacement for Berlusconi," Tsekov concluded.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi died on June 12 at the age of 86.

The politician was hospitalized in Milan, in April it became known that Berlusconi suffers from leukemia.