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Italy: PM Conte reaffirms trust in League amid Russia funding allegations02:05

Italy: PM Conte reaffirms trust in League amid Russia funding allegations

Italy, Rome
July 24, 2019 at 19:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte reaffirmed his trust in League, a party within his coalition government, despite allegations that they had sought illicit funds from Russia. Addressing the Senate in Rome on Wednesday, Conte said: "Now there are no elements that undermine confidence in the members of the government."

Italian prosecutors have reportedly launched an investigation into the League's possible links with Russia following allegations that the party had sought millions of euros through a Russian oil deal.

It has been alleged that Salvini's former spokesperson Gianluca Savoini along with two other Italians had discussed the oil deal in a secret meeting, which purportedly took place at a Moscow hotel on October 18, 2018. Salvini has denied any wrongdoing.

Salvini was not present during the Wednesday's session at the Senate. As Conte spoke, a number of MPs from the Five Star Movement (M5S), the League's coalition ally, reportedly left their seats in protest of Salvini's absence.

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte reaffirmed his trust in League, a party within his coalition government, despite allegations that they had sought illicit funds from Russia. Addressing the Senate in Rome on Wednesday, Conte said: "Now there are no elements that undermine confidence in the members of the government."

Italian prosecutors have reportedly launched an investigation into the League's possible links with Russia following allegations that the party had sought millions of euros through a Russian oil deal.

It has been alleged that Salvini's former spokesperson Gianluca Savoini along with two other Italians had discussed the oil deal in a secret meeting, which purportedly took place at a Moscow hotel on October 18, 2018. Salvini has denied any wrongdoing.

Salvini was not present during the Wednesday's session at the Senate. As Conte spoke, a number of MPs from the Five Star Movement (M5S), the League's coalition ally, reportedly left their seats in protest of Salvini's absence.

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