Europe Berlusconi: Forza Italia Party to Urge Lifting of Anti-Russian Sanctions

Berlusconi: Forza Italia Party to Urge Lifting of Anti-Russian Sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin,left, and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Russian President Vladimir Putin,left, and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at their meeting in Rome, June 10 2015

The members of the Forza Italia party plan to come forth with the initiative that envisages the lifting of sanctions imposed on Russia by Italy, party leader Silvio Berlusconi said.

  Late on Wednesday, the former Italian prime minister met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Fiumicino airport in Rome.

“Tomorrow we will present a draft resolution calling on the government not to continue sanctions against Russia. These sanctions damage our interests, resulting in significant financial losses.”

He also said the Forza Italia party planned to urge the country’s authorities to call on other European member states to lift sanctions as well and to convince the United States that the return to the Cold War atmosphere was impossible.

Berlusconi urged to restore the kind of relations with Russia that transformed G7 into G8, as such relations, in his opinion, were important for the global-scale cooperation.

The former prime minister said it was a good sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Italy, and expressed intention to visit Moscow soon.

On Wednesday, Putin met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Pope Francis, positively assessing both meetings.

Putin and Renzi discussed anti-Russia sanctions imposed by Western states. According to the Russian president, Italian companies lost more than $1 billion due to the restrictive measures.