The Minister of foreign Affairs of Italy Angelino Alfano announced plans to discuss with Secretary Rex Tillerson, the U.S. position on the anti-Russian sanctions. On Thursday, February 16, reported the Agency ANSA.
According to the head of the Ministry, during the talks with his us counterpart, he will try a more detailed insight in the matter. “It is too easy to say that the new US administration has changed the approach to the issue of sanctions, there were a lot of rash judgments about the foreign policy of the new President of the country (Donald trump — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), “—said the Minister.
Meeting Alfano and Tillerson will be held on the sidelines of the two-day summit of foreign Ministers of G20 countries “Big twenty”, which began in the German city of Bonn on February 16. The same Alfano plans to hold talks with the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
Earlier Thursday in Bonn Lavrov held talks with Tillerson. The Russian foreign Minister appreciated the conversation as productive and pragmatic. “I would even call it productive: the Secretary and I compared our vision of problems in principle, agreed on how we will move in directions that we had discussed our presidents on the phone,” — said the Minister.
Sanctions by the US, EU and several other countries have introduced against Moscow in 2014 on the accession of Crimea to Russia, and also in connection with the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. Then they repeatedly extended. Their abolition is linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements to stabilize the situation in the Donbass. Western countries regularly identify Russia as one of the parties to the conflict. Moscow rejects accusations of interference in an armed confrontation in the South-East of Ukraine, citing a lack of evidence and stressing that Russia is not a party to domestic conflict.