Prime minister of Italy: it is not about iron curtain

Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzy spoke at the plenary session at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) together with Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev
Prime minister of Italy: it is not about iron curtain
17 June 16:45 2016 Print This Article

“There is a need to make Russia and the EU a good neighbors,” Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said during the plenary session of the XX St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF).

He also said that unfortunately it is widely thought that the future is depicted by ‘iron curtain’. However, he said that it is not the case and what is important is to construct links and to appeal to cultural links between Russian and Europe.

“Therefore, to overcome sanctions, which I’d really like to see, we have to implement fully the Minsk agreement, and to make sure that Russia is involved in the international fight against extremism and fanaticism, where won’t be successful without Russia,” he said.

Mr Renzi has also recalled that Russia and Italy are closely linked with historical and cultural ties and that he believes that these relations will develop further.

At the end of 2014, the EU and the USA imposed sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crises. Russia, in its turn, imposed food-stuff import ban. In June 2015, Russia renewed the food stuff embargo until August 5, 2016.

The EU Council has expanded sanctions against Crimea and Sevastopol until June 23, 2017 today.

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