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‘Sick Bullies’: Malta Angrily Reacts To Deputy Italian Prime Minister’s Interconnector Shade

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Maltese people of all political backgrounds have called out Luigi di Maio, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister, for the shade he threw at Malta during his appearance on Rai Uno’s Porta a Porta Tuesday evening.

While discussing the recent Aquarius row Italy had with Malta, he implied that because Malta was receiving Italian electricity through the interconnector, Malta should have opened its ports and accepted the 629 migrants on the ship, even though they were not in Malta’s Search And Rescue zone.

“We supply Malta with electricity. There’s a cable that begins in Ragusa and supplies them. Then Malta refuses to help the Aquarius that was in the SAR zone assigned to them. I am sorry for Malta,” di Maio said on the show, while incorrectly stating the Aquarius was in Malta’s SAR.

Politicians didn’t take too kindly to the negative comments

Some took the opportunity to bring up the importance of Maltese energy independence

While others just let their real feelings be known

Maltese relationships with Italy have been tense over the last few weeks. First, Emma Muscat was kicked off Amici in the semi-finals, with many in Malta taking it as a personal attack from the Italians. Following the Aquarius row some serious tension between the two Mediterranean neighbours has been laid bare.

What do you think of these fighting words?

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