Italy has decided to restore Russia's relations with the European Union
Italian Ambassador of Italy in the Russian capital Cesare Maria Ragaglini said that among the priorities of the outbreak of the presidency of Italy in the European Union is the rapprochement of Europe and Russia.
" Among the different priorities of the Italian presidency of the EU, without a doubt, there is an attempt to restore relations with Russia. We insisted on the necessity of the dialogue with Moscow and during the Ukrainian fall, and, of course, We have plans to work on normalization of relations between the European Union and Russia, for this reason We also look forward to the consistent efforts of the Russian side to de-escalate tension in Ukraine, in order to promote a political dialogue inside the country, " said Commissioner diplomatic vedomstva, " Kommersant " writes referring to " information Agency ". First Secretary of the Council of Ministers of Italy, responsible for European policy, Sandro gotsi said that Rome considers the project " South stream " strategic for the European Union and wishes during its EU presidency to facilitate its implementation. First of Chancellor Angela Merkel said that a tightening of sanctions against Russia remains on the agenda. Recall, in March the West, not recognizing the unification of Russia and Crimea, has imposed punishment on a number of Russian politicians and businessmen. USA on April 28 in connection with the situation in Ukraine was included in the sanctions list of the 7 Russian nationals and 17 organizations, widening it to almost 50 politicians and entrepreneurs from Russia and Ukraine. The European Union has extended sanctions list of Russian citizens for another fifteen, and later on 13 persons - up to 61 people. The foreign Ministry of Russia many times stated that to talk with Moscow language punishment inappropriate and unproductive, and experts, as well and the West, declare that the introduction of new sanctions will harm the economies of the EU and the US.