Relations between Russia and Italy are on the rise, said Lavrov

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codecoverage in fotobanka foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Archival photoRelations between Russia and Italy are on the rise, said Lavrov© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codiscovered the image Bank

Russian-Italian relations are on the rise, close relations have been established in many areas: more than 500 Italian companies continue work in Russia despite sanctions, said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia 22-23 November in Italy on a working visit.

«Our relations with Italy are traditionally constructive and multifaceted. Today they are on the rise. An additional impetus to the overall work gave held in October in Moscow negotiations at the highest level», — said Lavrov in an interview with the Italian news Agency Agi.

He noted that between the two States established close ties in trade-economic, energy, scientific, cultural and humanitarian fields.

«Despite the popular Brussels’ sanctions spiral of the order of 500 Italian companies and banking organizations continue to work in Russia. For our part, we them our full support,» Lavrov said, Recalling that on 24 October in Moscow hosted a very informative meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte with the heads of major Italian companies, the results of which was signed by a solid package of business-to-business documents.

According to the Minister, now on the agenda is the practical implementation of the plans.

«We appreciate that in the current difficult conditions in Europe, the Italian partners do not cease cooperation with Russia. Such a principle objectively the line helps to maintain confidence and improve the situation on our shared continent», — said Lavrov.

Conte visited Russia on his first official visit on 23-24 October. During the visit, he held talks with Putin.

Conte trip was preceded by visits to Moscow of the interior Minister of Italy, Matteo Salvini, on 17 October, Minister for foreign Affairs of the Republic of Enzo Moavero-Milanesi on 8 October.