Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a joint information convention in Rome, Italy July four, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
ROME (Reuters) – Russia President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Thursday he hoped Italy would converse out clearly and persistently in favor of restoring totally fledged relations between the European Union and Russia and assist persuade Brussels that sanctions on Moscow have been a mistake.
Putin, talking at a information convention after holding talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, mentioned Moscow understood that Rome’s room for maneuver was restricted by numerous elements, however mentioned he hoped Italy might clarify to the EU the injury that the bloc’s sanctions had carried out.
Putin mentioned he noticed no insurmountable obstacles to restoring totally fledged relations between Moscow and Brussels and was able to play his half if no synthetic highway blocks have been thrown up in Russia’s path.
Reporting by Rome bureau and Andrey Ostroukh in Moscow; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Modifying by Hugh Lawson