10/24/2018, 6:56 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Conte: Sanctions against Russia should be ended

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (pictured left) called the Kremlin on Wednesday "a strategic partner" and highlighted the high-level "alignment" on the bilateral level in the stance regarding numerous international issues. He and Russia's President Putin (right) said in Moscow that they would cooperate on achieving peace in Libya. Conte said the conflict in Ukraine caused the initial fracture in the relations between the European Union and Russia and expressed the opinion that sanctions should become a thing of the past as soon as possible.

Asked about a potential veto from the government in Rome, he stressed all European partners should be convinced to work on a framework for a single stance and open communication with the other side. Conte asserted he wouldn't want to see missiles from the United States on Italian territory again, referring to President Donald Trump's intention to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF. He said he would ask him on the phone to leave the window open to prevent escalation.

Putin revealed Russia would be represented at the highest level in Palermo on November 12 at a peace conference for Libya, but declined to say whether he would attend.

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