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Putin: Italy is Russia’s privileged partner

September 05, 2013, 15:02 UTC+3
Russian President met on Thursday with Italian Prime Minister Enriko Letta on the sidelines of the G20 summit
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Photo EPA/ANTON DENISOV / POOL

Photo EPA/ANTON DENISOV / POOL

STRELNA, September 5 (Itar-Tass) - Italy is Russia’s privileged partner, despite the temporary problems that might be, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Enriko Letta on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg.

“Italy has always been a privileged work partner, despite whatever temporary difficulties,” he said. “We see a positive dynamics, which is pleasing indeed. Italy is the world’s fourth economy in terms of trade with Russia.”

Putin noted that Russia’s trade with Italy was growing year-on-year despite the current global economic problems, with an annual growth exceeding 20 percent. Bilateral relations “are developing quite dynamically,” he added.

“Projects are being realized in the energy sector, in machine-building, mutual investments are on the rise,” Putin went on to say. “It cannot but be pleasing.”

The Russian leader said he was confident that the current G20 summit “would be very useful, giving another impetus to the development of bilateral ties” and thanked Italy for its assistance as far as the summit’s organization was concerned.

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