The President of Russia Vladimir Putin arrived in Rome, where he will meet with President of Italy Sergio Mattarella and meet with Pope Francis, and in the end of the visit he will meet with former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
it is expected that during the meeting with Pope Francis, the parties will discuss the situation in Ukraine, RIA " Novosti ".
upon completion of the official activities of the President of Russia wants to hold a meeting with his old friend - ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi. The Russian President arrived in Rome for half a day from Milan, where together with the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi opened the national day of Russia at the exhibition EXPO 2015. 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. In addition, the parties in the process of a bilateral meeting discussed cooperation between Russia and Italy, the issue of sanctions was raised in the context of work on current projects. Putin and Renzi also raised in the process of negotiating an international perspective, for example, the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq, Egypt and Libya and the fight against crime.