Italy’s PM criticizes economic sanctions against Russian Federation

Marco Green
October 20, 2018

On Wednesday, 17 October, said the Vice-Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini during his visit to Moscow.

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini denounced the "madness" of western sanctions against Russian Federation, during a trip to Moscow Wednesday, and launched a fierce attack on the European Union.

After Russia in 2014 annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and started backing separatists fighting the government in eastern Ukraine, the European Union imposed economic sanctions which have been augmented and repeatedly extended since then.

European Union sanctions against Russian Federation are damaging Italian businesses, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday, underscoring growing unhappiness in Rome over the long-running curbs on Moscow.

Interior Minister of Italy and leader of the far-right party "League" Matteo Salvini said that Ukraine is fueling a religious war.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, who is due to meet Putin in Moscow next week, has also slammed the sanctions, saying: "They damage our companies, which we intend to protect, as well as Russian society".

But asked if Italy would veto a renewal, Salvini said: "We can only play the veto joker once in Europe".

"There's the question of the European Union budget, the question of migration, and the budget, which I don't know what to play if they reject it but we'll carry on all the same". "Of course, there is no sense in what they are", said Salvini. "Here, I feel as safe as in my home", Salvini told the Moscow gathering.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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