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Duma speaker hopes relations with Italy will return to path of pragmatic cooperation

September 30, 2015, 14:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Sergey Naryshkin has expressed regret that Rome joined sanctions against Moscow
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Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Simone Baldelli and Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin

Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Simone Baldelli and Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin

© Anna Isakova/Russian State Duma Press Service/TASS

MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin has said he hopes that relations between Moscow and Rome will return to pragmatic and mutually beneficial cooperation.

"We hope that the visit of the [Italian] delegation will help return to the path of pragmatic and mutually beneficial cooperation," Naryshin said at a meeting with Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Simone Baldelli.

He stressed that the Italian economy suffers losses from EU’s sanctions policy against Russia. "We consider sanctions against parliamentarians and deputies impermissible because such actions contradict the basic principles of parliamentarism and parliamentary democracy," the speaker noted.

Baldelli said that "there is a possibility to restore and strengthen our relations" through parliamentary cooperation. "Parliamentary democracy is a great means to hold dialogue and to hear each other," he stressed.

Naryshkin has expressed regret that Rome joined sanctions against Moscow. "Unfortunately, a pause has emerged lately connected with deterioration of Russia’s relations with the European Union," Naryshkin said at a meeting with Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Simone Baldelli. "We sincerely regret that Italy joined the so-called anti-Russian sanctions," he noted.

He explained that he described the sanctions as "so-called" because "these are unilateral measures not supported by UN Security Council and thus qualified as illegal."

The fact the Italy supported restrictive measures against Russia has an impact on the volume and nature of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. "The volume of trade has fallen by 36% only in the first half of this year, and imports to Italy from Russia has decreased by 40% We know that Italian companies are concerned with the situation, and entrepreneurs call for restoring cooperation at full scale," the speaker noted.

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