Putin said relations between Russia and Italy

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Archival photoPutin said relations between Russia and Italy© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in the Kremlin received the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, who is in Moscow on a visit.

«Between Russia and your country in recent years and decades have developed business and at the same time very warm relations, which are supported by almost all political forces, both in Italy and in the Russian Federation»,- said Putin.

He noted that Moscow and Rome, despite the difficult times, never lost high-level political contacts, which is supported currently.

The Russian leader, however, expressed regret that the last time Italy lost its position in the Russian market.

«Unfortunately, Italy ceded its positions on the Russian market as an economic platform. However, the volume of our foreign trade relations remains very high,» he said.

Putin has reminded that in Russia there are about 500 Italian companies, in recent years there has been a steady increase in turnover.