Conte called the unthinkable remove sanctions in a day

© AFP 2018 / Andreas SolaroПремьер-Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte. Archival photoConte called the unthinkable remove sanctions in a day© 2018 AFP / Andreas Solaro

Italy continues to be open to dialogue with Russia, but to talk about lifting sanctions in a day is impossible, said the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

«I’m going to repeat what I said earlier on international markets and, therefore, will look dull, but it confirms that Italy’s position has not changed: we are open to dialogue with Russia. We believe that Russia plays a fundamental role in resolving international political crises. As the President said (USA Donald) trump, if we want to solve the problem, we can’t choose with whom we negotiate, we have to take is to sit down and dialogue with those who really is our interlocutor», he said after talks with the President of the United States.

He recalled that the sanctions against Russia linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

«It is clear that now is unthinkable to think about lifting sanctions today or tomorrow, but it is precisely because we are open to dialogue with Russia, the position of my government is that system of restrictions should not harm the civilian society, small and medium business in Russia. From this point of view, Italy has a strong traditional economic ties with Russia. Sanctions against Russia are not and should not be a goal,» said Italian Prime Minister.

Stream press conference of the two leaders was conducted on the Youtube channel of the government Palace Chigi.

Relations between Moscow and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine and around the Crimea. The West is accusing Russia of meddling, have imposed sanctions, Moscow responded, took a course on import substitution and has repeatedly said that talking with her in language of sanctions counterproductive.

The Russian government repeatedly pointed out that the country is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine and the subject of the Minsk agreements on the settlement. Lately in the EU clearly there are opinions on the necessity of lifting sanctions.

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