Putin, visiting Italy, says wants Rome to help mend Moscow-EU ties
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Category: Diplotimes

Rome - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Italy would battle to restore fully fledged relations between the European Union and Russia and help persuade the bloc's new leadership that sanctions on Moscow were counter-productive. 

Putin, speaking at a news conference after holding talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome, said Russia had observed Italy's efforts to improve battered ties between the EU and Moscow, but fully understood that its room for maneuver was limited by various factors. "We hope that Italy will consistently and clearly speak out about its position (on improving ties) and battle for what was said in public many times, namely for the complete return to normal relations between Russia and Europe as a whole," he said. (With Reuters)