“The position expressed by PM Matteo Renzi is not just words, […] one needs courage to make such a statement. […] That’s prove that Italy and Russia share very strong relationship at a time of crisis,” said CEO of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Mauro Moretti at the Fifth Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona on Friday.
Yesterday, there were reports that Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi was one who openly opposed the possibility of a new round of restrictive measures against Moscow during the EU leaders summit on Thursday.
The EU leaders reportedly fell short of reaching a consensus on expressing explicit threat of sanctions to Russia over Syria, Reuters reported.
“We should do everything possible for a peace deal in Syria but it’s difficult to imagine that this should be linked to further sanctions on Russia,” Renzi said, as cited by Reuters.
Even though European Union President Donald Tusk took a rather harsh stance what concerns Moscow, he said that “creating tensions with Russia is not our aim,” adding that the EU is “always” up for a dialog with Russia, RT reported.
“The European Council strongly condemns the attacks by the Syrian regime and its allies, notably Russia, on civilians in Aleppo and calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities […] considering all available options should the current atrocities continue,” reads the final version of the EU Council conclusions following the first day of summit on Thursday.
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