The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, speaking at the opening ceremony of Russia Day at the world universal exhibition " EXPO-2015 ", said that Italy remains one of the main partners of the Russian capital.
The head of the Russian Federation said that " the Russian Federation and Italy maintain a very close relationship ". He said that "the history of trade, humanitarian and cultural contacts (two countries) has more than five centuries," reports the news Agency.
"Today Italy is one of our major financial partner in the European Union, a major investor in the Russian economy, we interact on the international arena, trying to take Into account and to respect the wishes of each other," drew attention to Putin. The leader said that Moscow was an early supporter of the Italian petition to conduct in global Milan universal exposition." With special attention and responsibility we have treated preparation of the Russian exhibition ", - said Putin. He told that the Russian Federation was connected to the exhibition movement From its inception over 160 years ago, participated in the first universal exhibition in London in 1851, and similarly, in 1906, in Milan. First on Wednesday, Putin arrived in Milan. After visiting the exhibition "EXPO 2015" in Milan Putin will travel to Rome to meet With Renzi and new Italian President Sergio Mattarella. You see He and Berlusconi. But for world media's main event is his conversation With Pope Francis - even the fact her has already raised the IRE of American citizens. On Tuesday, the press Secretary of the head of the country Dmitry Peskov said that Putin is in the process of meeting With the Pope is ready to explain the position of the Russian capital in Ukraine, if the Pontiff expressed interest. Prior to that, assistant to the President Yuri Ushakov said that the topic of Ukraine may appear During the meeting the head of the country With the Pontiff.