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Russia: Italy PM hopes to boost EU's ties with Russia03:46

Russia: Italy PM hopes to boost EU's ties with Russia

Russian Federation, St Petersburg
June 17, 2016 at 16:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that he hopes to see ties between Russia and Europe become stronger, given that the two share 'common values', speaking at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in St. Petersburg on Friday.

"Europe and Russia have common values and those values, dear Vladimir [Putin], I found them this morning as I visited, not only the Italian companies working in Russia, but above all I had the privilege of visiting the hermitage, one of the symbolic places of the world culture, I felt overwhelmed by a beauty that it is a piece of the Russian identity but also of the Western European identity", the Italian leader said.

Regarding the Ukraine crisis, Renzi commented "We made an effort to reach Minsk agreements" and that "everyone who signed the agreements, has to respect them."

SPIEF was established in 1997 and since then is being held under the patronage of the Russian Federation president. Topics on the world's economy, including the growing role of emerging markets in shaping the regional and global agenda, are expected to top the agenda of the SPIEF discussions.

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that he hopes to see ties between Russia and Europe become stronger, given that the two share 'common values', speaking at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in St. Petersburg on Friday.

"Europe and Russia have common values and those values, dear Vladimir [Putin], I found them this morning as I visited, not only the Italian companies working in Russia, but above all I had the privilege of visiting the hermitage, one of the symbolic places of the world culture, I felt overwhelmed by a beauty that it is a piece of the Russian identity but also of the Western European identity", the Italian leader said.

Regarding the Ukraine crisis, Renzi commented "We made an effort to reach Minsk agreements" and that "everyone who signed the agreements, has to respect them."

SPIEF was established in 1997 and since then is being held under the patronage of the Russian Federation president. Topics on the world's economy, including the growing role of emerging markets in shaping the regional and global agenda, are expected to top the agenda of the SPIEF discussions.

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