Lavrov will meet with the Italian leadership and will participate in the conference on the Mediterranean

ROME, 11 December. The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov on Friday in Rome will meet with the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella and foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and will also participate in the conference “the Mediterranean: Roman dialogue”, which will be discussed, including the issues of combating terrorism in the region.

As reported in the eve of the visit to the Russian depodesta, the talks with Gentiloni “will be analyzed topical foreign policy themes, including the fight against ISIL (the former name is forbidden in the Russian Federation the terrorist group “Islamic state” – approx.), the situation in Syria, in Libya, in Ukraine.”


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).

“The Russian side will focus on the necessity to unite efforts of the international community to suppress global terrorist threat, in accordance with the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin about creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, cooperation in this area on the basis of principles and norms of international law, the UN Charter, without politicization and double standards”, – said the foreign Ministry.

It is also planned to discuss “prospects of work in the framework of the International support group in Syria, the members of which are Russia and Italy”.

“The Libyan issue will be discussed with respect to the problem of combating the spread of ISIL and political stabilization of the country, – have informed in the foreign Ministry. – When discussing the situation in Ukraine, special emphasis will be placed on the need to ensure consistent and full implementation of the Minsk agreements dated 12 February 2015”.

The interviews will also be touched upon topical issues of Russian-Italian relations in political, economic and cultural spheres, prospects of expanding the legal base of bilateral relations. Gentiloni and Lavrov signed a program of Russian-Italian cooperation in the sphere of culture and education in the years 2016-2018.

In addition, the parties will discuss measures to overcome negative trends in mutual trade. “Special attention will be paid to the connectivity of the Italian partners for Russian programmes of import substitution, expansion of localization of production in Russia with an emphasis on the interaction of small and medium business”, – said the foreign Ministry.

Conference on Mediterranean

In addition to participating in bilateral contacts, Lavrov will speak at the conference “the Mediterranean: Roman dialogue”. “The conference aims to exchange views on world politics in the Mediterranean region, the growing instability which is one of the major factors of strengthening of terrorist threat on the European continent,” – said the Russian foreign Ministry.

One of the most important European partners

Italy, said the foreign Ministry, “is one of the most important European partners of Russia”. “In recent years, the dynamics of relations between the countries fell due West course to put pressure on Russia in connection with Ukrainian crisis, – stated in the Ministry. – The Italian guide, following in the tideway of the General line of the EU and NATO, supported anti-Russian sanctions, halted or slowed bilateral cooperation on a number of fronts”.

However, drew attention to the foreign Ministry, the Italian side “is interested in continuing cooperation with Russia in the international arena, seeks to preserve accumulated over many years of extensive positive potential of Russian-Italian relations, traditionally close and trusting dialogue at the highest level”.