Activists in Berlin stage picket condemning Obama’s foreign policyWorld January 19, 21:17
Russian regulator promises to respond to any US restrictions of RT channelRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 21:09
FIFA: Over 82,400 ticket requests applied globally for 2017 Confederations Cup in RussiaSport January 19, 20:17
Russia stands for developing legal tool to fight cyber hooliganismRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 20:00
Russia is developing advanced hypersonic weapons — ministryMilitary & Defense January 19, 19:50
Former USSR leader receives Lithuanian court’s summons as witness in case over 1991 eventsWorld January 19, 19:29
FIDE chief says he plans to seek US entry after President-elect Trump’s inaugurationSport January 19, 18:56
Russian economy minister: Results of 2016 demonstrated adjustment to cheap oil, sanctionsBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:44
Russia ready to welcome Trump at economic forum in St. Petersburg — first deputy PMBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:29
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.