Putin’s Visits Italy, wants to Mend The EU-Moscow Ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned – he hoped Italy would battle to restore fully fledged relations between the European Union and Russia and persuade the bloc’s new management that sanctions on Moscow were counter-productive.

Putin, talking at a news conference after holding talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome, mentioned Russia had noticed Italy’s efforts to enhance battered ties between the EU and Moscow, however totally understood that numerous elements restricted its room for maneuver.

The 28 nation EU slapped economic sanctions on Russia in 2014 following its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and its assist for pro-Russian separatists struggling Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine.

The poisoning of former Russian double agent – Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England last year additionally strained relations. Britain blamed Russia for the incident and impelled its EU partners to develop sanctions additional on Moscow.

Russia denied any involvements in the Skripal affair.

Both the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League which make up Italy’s ruling coalition have expressed more pro-Russian positions than most EU governments.

Earlier than taking office last year they strongly referred to as for a finish to EU sanctions, and League chief Matteo Salvini has visited Moscow on several events and expressed his admiration for Putin.

Italian media have repeatedly recommended the League, which is now Italy’s most popular party, has obtained financing from Moscow, one thing Salvini has always denied.

Putin mentioned on Thursday he noticed no insurmountable obstacles to restoring regular ties between Russia and the EU and that he was able to play his part if no artificial roadblocks had been thrown in Moscow’s path.

Putin, who earlier on Thursday additionally met Pope Francis at the Vatican, stated the onus was on Ukraine, not Russia, to resolve their dispute, a view Conte gently contested.

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