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Italy: Russia must not be 'pushed into a corner' over Syria - FM Alfano02:07

Italy: Russia must not be 'pushed into a corner' over Syria - FM Alfano

Italy, Lucca
April 11, 2017 at 13:04 GMT -00:00 · Published

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said Russia must not be 'pushed into a corner' over its policy in Syria, while speaking at the close of a two-day Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Ducal Palace, Lucca, Tuesday.

He stressed that it was "necessary to have a dialogue with Russia," before adding that "we must also ask Putin to demand the credit that up to now has been granted to Assad and in fact we think that the Russians have the strength which is needed to put pressure on Assad and to get him to observe the commitment with regard to the ceasefire."

Alfano went on to say that "the ceasefire is a base for political process. All European countries from the G7 agreed on the goal to rebuild Syria, not only its institutions, but the whole country. But it is impossible to do during war and massacres. It's necessary to have a stable ceasefire."

Italy: Russia must not be 'pushed into a corner' over Syria - FM Alfano02:07
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Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said Russia must not be 'pushed into a corner' over its policy in Syria, while speaking at the close of a two-day Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Ducal Palace, Lucca, Tuesday.

He stressed that it was "necessary to have a dialogue with Russia," before adding that "we must also ask Putin to demand the credit that up to now has been granted to Assad and in fact we think that the Russians have the strength which is needed to put pressure on Assad and to get him to observe the commitment with regard to the ceasefire."

Alfano went on to say that "the ceasefire is a base for political process. All European countries from the G7 agreed on the goal to rebuild Syria, not only its institutions, but the whole country. But it is impossible to do during war and massacres. It's necessary to have a stable ceasefire."

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