Italy hopes for lifting sanctions and working to return the format of “eight” with Russia

BONN, February 16. /TASS/. Italy hopes that breaking the sanctions regime against Russia will be possible to return to the format of “eight”, and Rome is working on it.

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This was stated on the sidelines of the summit the Minister of foreign Affairs of Italy Angelino Alfano.

“We hope that breaking the sanctions regime, it will be possible to return to the format of “eight”. And that’s the goal, towards which work is conducted,” – said the Minister.

However, he added, “that time before the summit in Taormina at the end of may is not enough”. “In any case, only the foolish can insist on maintaining cooling in relations between the US and Russia and Russia and the EU,” said Alfano.

The next summit of the group of seven will be chaired by Italy in Taormina (Sicily) on may 26-27. In Italy insistently sounded the assumption that the meeting will be invited the Russian leader . In particular, this has publicly called on prominent politicians, including former Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Sam Alfano also have not ruled out this possibility.

However, during a recent visit to London the Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni said that, despite the efforts to normalize relations with Russia, the return of the format of “eight”, “does not seem to be currently realistic.”

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