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Russia: Putin talks trade with Italian PM Renzi in Moscow02:17

Russia: Putin talks trade with Italian PM Renzi in Moscow

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 5, 2015 at 22:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi to the Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin described Italy as occupying the position of “one of our privileged partners in Europe and the whole world” despite EU sanctions imposed on Moscow.

The Russian president noted that Italy was Russia’s fourth biggest trading partner in terms of turnover, prompting Putin to say he “couldn’t name an area” without Italian-Russian interaction.

Prime Minister Renzi said he was keen to start talks concerning major issues like EU-Russia ties and the Ukraine conflict. Renzi also wanted Vladimir Putin’s input on the situation in Libya which has posed problems for southern Italy as people flee the increasingly unstable country.

Russia: Putin talks trade with Italian PM Renzi in Moscow02:17
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Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi to the Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin described Italy as occupying the position of “one of our privileged partners in Europe and the whole world” despite EU sanctions imposed on Moscow.

The Russian president noted that Italy was Russia’s fourth biggest trading partner in terms of turnover, prompting Putin to say he “couldn’t name an area” without Italian-Russian interaction.

Prime Minister Renzi said he was keen to start talks concerning major issues like EU-Russia ties and the Ukraine conflict. Renzi also wanted Vladimir Putin’s input on the situation in Libya which has posed problems for southern Italy as people flee the increasingly unstable country.