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MOSCOW, May 11 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti agreed in a telephone conversation on Friday to give a boost to Russian-Italian cooperation and outlined a plan of future contacts, the Kremlin press service reports.
“During their conversation, the Russian president and the president of the Italian Council of Ministers gave high marks to the present state of Russian-Italian relations, and expressed intentions to not only jointly ensure their continuity but also to give an additional impetus to the development of cooperation in all directions,” the press service said.
“Putin and Monti discussed the schedule of future contacts in different formats, including an exchange of visits and the holding of a next round of interstate consultations at the summit level in the second half of the year,” Kremlin sources added.
Monti also congratulated Putin on being officially sworn in and wished him success in the office of Russian president.