Lavrov: Russia appreciates the efforts of Rome to remove the obstacles in the relations between Moscow and the EU


ROME, 11 December. The Russian Federation appreciates the efforts of Rome to remove the obstacles in the relations between Moscow and the EU. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov following the meeting with Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni

The interaction between Russia and Italy are developing very productive, even despite the downturn in relations between Russia and the EU, said the Russian Minister. “We ascertained that the cooperation between the two countries is progressing in a very productive, even despite the downturn in relations between Russia and the EU,” the Minister said.

The Russian foreign Minister said “very satisfied with the negotiations with the Italian colleague”. He recalled that in Rome also met with the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella. “Our meetings are always held in an atmosphere of goodwill, mutual understanding, aimed at promoting our cooperation in all areas”, – said Lavrov.

Business Italy about the benefits of maintaining a presence in the Russian Federation

Lavrov noted that Italian business is firmly in favour of continued presence in Russia, the difficulties in economic relations can be overcome.

“I want the negative trends in the economy were overcome, he said. – Before departure to Rome I had a meeting with Italian businessmen, they spoke out strongly in favor of conservation in the Russian market. Flexibility and pragmatism of business is that to move from supply with the stamp “Made in Italy” to “Made with Italy”.

The Russian Minister also said that Russia and Italy signed a document on cooperation in the railway field. “Today was held in Rome to sign another document, which lays the basis for the creation of a joint Russian-Italian enterprise certification of Italian technologies for possible use and application on the network of Russian Railways”, – said Lavrov.

The resumption of relations

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Italy Paolo Gentiloni said that the time has come to renew relations with Russia in all directions. This position he announced in Rome at a press conference after talks with Sergey Lavrov.

Gentiloni called the visit Lavrov is extremely important for Italy. During it, said the head of the Italian foreign Ministry, they discussed the Syrian crisis. In Vienna began the process of negotiations on the political transition of power, and Italy looked forward to the next steps forward.

“Relations between Russia and Italy has suffered damage due to the Ukrainian crisis, but at the same time we continue the fruitful dialogue. And now is the time to resume relations on all fronts, particularly in the context of the fight against the Islamic state (is prohibited in the RF group),” said Gentiloni. He noted that, despite the sanctions, Italian entrepreneurs continue to work in Russia. The Italian Minister also said that an agreement was signed on cultural cooperation, inter-University cooperation and the protection of cultural property.