Moscow to continue developing relations with Italy after referendum

Russia’s Foreign Ministry: Moscow will continue developing relations with Italy regardless of the political situation after the Sunday’s vote
Moscow to continue developing relations with Italy after referendum
07 December 12:22 2016 Print This Article

Moscow respects the constitutional referendum held in Italy on Dec. 4 and is set to continue developing relations with the country, Russia’s Foreign Ministry official spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday, reports RIA Novosi.

“Regardless of the political situation in Italy after the constitutional referendum, Moscow is determined to maintain and further develop mutual beneficial ties between our countries in all directions,” TASS cited the diplomat as saying.

According to Zakharova, Russia considers that the referendum is Italy’s domestic affair and respects the choice of the Italian citizens. She also stressed that Matteo Renzi’s important characteristic as a politician is that he kept his word.

What’s more – she added – Moscow appreciates the contribution of Italian Prime Minister to enhance cooperation between the two countries. “He proved himself as the supporter of an active and constructive dialogue between Moscow and Rome.”

Following the constitutional referendum, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday announced his intention to resign. Nearly 60% of Italians voted “no” to constitutional reforms with some 40% voted in favor. A record high voter turnout of 68.5% was recorded on Sunday’s vote.

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