The foreign Ministers of Russia and Italy confirmed their common approaches to Syria, Ukraine and Libya

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Italy Angelino Alfano and the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, 1 Feb. /TASS./ The foreign Ministers of Russia and Italy Sergey Lavrov and Angelino Alfano at the talks in Moscow on Thursday focused on international issues – the situation in Ukraine, Syria and Libya. The agenda was largely dictated by the fact that Italy this year holds the rotating chairmanship of the OSCE. Following the talks, the Ministers noted that the approaches of Moscow and Rome to the problems we discussed are largely the same.

The vectors of the OSCE

In the beginning of the meeting Lavrov said that Russia believes that a constructive and positive future-oriented programme of the Italian presidency in the OSCE. The Russian Minister, in particular, singled out the stated intention Alfano solve the problems of the Eurasian continent not through confrontation, but through a balance of interests. The Russian foreign Minister also drew attention to the initiative of the Prime Minister on strengthening the Mediterranean vector of the organization and work to address the migration crisis.